Skip to comments.What Kind of Fool am I?
Posted on 03/24/2014 7:56:20 PM PDT by OddLane
Ever since I ended my joint representation with National Review and fired my lawyers on Boxing Day, the endlessly reprised refrain has been that "Mark Steyn has a fool for a client". As I wrote here:
That's an old English joke, of course. Circa 18th century, I believe, when English life was very lightly lawyered. Whether it applies a quarter-millennium on in a sclerotic dungheap of a system that, as my old boss Conrad Black likes to point out, employs as many lawyers as the rest of the planet combined, who between them invoice ten per cent of GDP is an interesting question. My own view is that, if the lawyerization of American life needs to snort up its nose the entire GDP of Australia every year, then you're doing it wrong.
I wrote that after a hugely enjoyable and inspiring day in Madam Justice Matheson's courtroom in Toronto watching a performance that would be impossible in the objection-choked procedural swamps of American "justice". I have come to the conclusion that the system here is, in fact, evil - which is perhaps not the most helpful perspective when one is on the receiving end of it.
(Excerpt) Read more at steynonline.com ...
who is mark steyn
I hope they kick Michael Mann’s ass back into the last ice age!
Mark Steyn rocks.
This may be my favorite response in his Answer:
111. Denies the allegations in Paragraph One-Hundred-And-
Eleven of the Amended Complaint, and feels Plaintiff is
going round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a
wheel, like the circles that you find in the tree-rings of
Ten million in counterclaims, yeah baby ... Steyn rocks.
He was nearly thrown in jail for comments FReepers stated here on FRee Republic.
You see, he was being held responsible for apparent animus we had. And I thought the US had it bad.
Yep. Mann’s quite the douche.
ping to read in AM
that is effing hilarious
I love it
I had a boss once that wrote in an answer that the plaintiff had filed a petition full of “gobbledegook”!
I think he means the legal system.
Steyn is probably one of the best political commentators/satirists of the last two centuries. Familiarize yourself with him, I promise you’ll be glad you did.
Bomb Michael Mann into the Stone Age, son!
If I ever meet him in a bar, I'll buy him a vinegar-and-water.
May Mann’s charge against Steyn’s barbs be his Crécy.
If he did it, as that Popehat site said, pro se, he did a workmanlike job. They seemed to describe his pleadings as not serious or even frivolous.
Setting aside 111., his responses in his Answer and Counterclaims were quite good, I thought.
And good to hear he shucked NRO. Bill Buckley wouldn’t recognize the place now.
I hope he puts some wood to the backsides of the eco-nazis.
I agree with you. He is definitely the better commentator in today's world. Witty, resourceful and filled with reason. Have you read this book of his? It's VERY good.
LOL! I hope he wipes the smugness off the faces of Michael Mann and ALL of this global warming nazi compatriots.
So I am pleased to be able to announce today that several other fellows also have a fool for a client - see here, here and here.Followed the links. What he actually did is stop being a fool and got himself some new counsel. Of course, these are motions; while it's a sure thing that Songer will be accepted as his counsel, it's not a sure thing about Kornstein and Platt. Still, good move on his part.
Instead, I'm an out-of-control full-bore crazy who's lawyered up to the hilt. This will leave me free to concentrate on my core activities of insulting judges and mocking Mann's self-conferred Nobel Prize, while Dan, Mark and Mike do the boring stuff like looking up precedents and knowing what a tort is.*headdesk* Steyn. Steyn. STEYN. Listen to Songer and shut UP about the judges! The last thing you want to do is tick off the dang judge! Don't make this any harder for your attorneys!
Bravo Mark! Fighting the good fight.
That judge should be disbarred.
That judge should be disbarred.For what reason? The surgeon was in the wrong, there. There's no Bar Association in existence that would have a judge disbarred for that reason. Or even removed from office. Witnesses do not get to order around a judge - or the prosecution.
I don’t think a working heart surgeon (or anyone for that matter) should be jailed for 30 days for being rude or disrespectful.
That the Bar Asociations would turn a blind eye to such an abuse of power on a judge’s part only serves to illustrate the basis for Steyn’s observation on the evilness he is encountering.
You haven't a clue. . . Steyn is entitled to whomever he CHOOSES to be his counsel. These are pro forma notifications to the court of who is representing him. The court cannot veto his choices. Check your Constitution.
I dont think a working heart surgeon (or anyone for that matter) should be jailed for 30 days for being rude or disrespectful.Well, contempt of court and the punishment thereof is absolutely at the discretion of the judge in most jurisdictions. If we want to limit that, we have to get those laws changed.
That the Bar Asociations would turn a blind eye to such an abuse of power on a judges part only serves to illustrate the basis for Steyns observation on the evilness he is encountering.The only cure for that is to remove discretion from the laws. There are definite pros and cons to that.
You haven't a clue. . . Steyn is entitled to whomever he CHOOSES to be his counsel. These are pro forma notifications to the court of who is representing him. The court cannot veto his choices. Check your Constitution.A Motion For Admission Pro Hac Vice, as Steyn had issued for Kornstein and Platt, is not an automatic admission to counsel. A Motion For Admission Pro Hac Vice may be refused by the court, leaving him only Songer, as per the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It is at the judge's discretion. I do not expect the judge to deny it, but it can happen.
Judges who aren’t egomaniacs and full of them selves would be the solution.
Your story is also apocryphal, just some story your Dad told you.
We are probably talking about a non-issued.