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August 29, 2004

so-called defamation?

Filed under: pre-06-2006,Schenectady Synecdoche — David Giacalone @ 7:02 pm

breathless pundit

    • Romolo Versaci , an elderly Schenectady (NY) lawyer, has filed a $100,000 defamation suit
      against Diane C. Richie, an unemployed social worker and widow with two children.
      Versaci claims — and Richie admits — that she called him a “so-called attorney” on a
      SchenectadyNY.info message board. [read the rest of this story here]

what would Kobayashi Issa think of all this?

on the day of departure, too
she leads…
the widow goose

accusing the pine
of foolishness…
evening mist

translated by David G. Lanoue

gum balls

Update (Aug. 30, 2004): At Notes from the (Legal) Underground, straight-shooter Evan Schaffer has weighed in, with a rather telling headline: “But Make No Mistake: The So-Called Attorney Is a Real-Life, Lawsuit-Wielding, Good-for-Nothing Bully (IMHO),” and a raft of Comments.

Update (Aug. 31, 2004):  Overlawyer.com‘s overlord, Walter Olson posts on His So-Called Reputation. And,

  • On Sunday, Federalist #84, of the Crime & Federalism weblog, entered the fray, with a post entitled, Why Don’t You Sue Me, Tough Guy . In addition to agreeing to accept process at his L.A. law office, Fed. 84 says, “Way to carry the torch, Versaci. Way to highlight for all the United States that lawyers are good people, not sharks.”
  • Albany, NY, appellate lawyer, Matthew Lerner covers this tale at his weblog, New York Civil Law. Thanks back at ya, Matthew.
  • And Kevin Heller mentions it, and our understandilbly indescribable website, at The Blawg Channel.


summer through my fingers

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 12:43 pm


boy writing flip

summer’s end
waves disappear
beneath the pier



mountain shadow
river water runs
through my fingers


credits: “summer’s end” – Crinkled Sunshine, HSA Members’ Anthology (2000)

“mountain shadow” – Acorn No. 5 (Fall, 2000), in a slightly different version

extra-long shower —

haiku moments

down the drain

                              [Aug. 29, 2004]

one-breath pundit  

    • Julia Child as a “temperamental conservative.”  See StevenTeles.  Why do ideologues reject the notion that basic human virtues reside within both “conservatives” and “liberals”? (via Bainbridge)
    • A Commission has been appointed to study all aspects of how Massachusetts provides legal services to the poor, including the pay of assigned counsel.   It will report findings by Feb. 1. (article, Springfield Republican, Aug, 28, 2004) 
    • Professors Painter and Brickman have completed their Point of Law dialogue on contingency fee reform.  It’s well worth a look.
    • Jim Moore writes well today on the Democrats’ Addiction to the Center.  Can Kerry win by choosing tactics over ideas and authenticity?  Have his tactical choices already doomed his campaign?

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