Well, folks, now you’ve gone and done it. The stupid has taken over the world. In addition to the “honey I found a shotgun in the yard” crime in Britain, Virginia has now gone and convicted the coffee guy who was walking around his house naked and was spied by some peeping toms.
Add to that this by now well worn video of the DC cop who pulled a gun on snowballers and it might be time to scratch this whole homo sapiens project and start over:
I am now going into isolation to avoid catching the stupid. See you never.
Remember that stupid post I wrote about some article on some site that suggested that defendants were better off with private lawyers (a particular private lawyer, actually) than public defenders because pd’s are overworked-underpaid-useless-etc?
Turns out one of my two readers also writes a blog for the Seattle Weekly and the post was picked up there and the enterprising author sent the law firm in question an e-mail.
It took two days, but we now have some idea of what happened: Lovik & Juhl (the law firm) say they didn’t write the piece, nor did they pay anyone to write it. From the statement they sent to the Seattle Weekly:
I really haven’t a clue who may have written this (we have no staff, just two attorneys, neither of whom publish on any site like the one you have linked to here.) My guess would be that one of the services we use to try and drive traffic to our website has done this to try and make themselves appear more valuable to us. We have recently cut ties with at least one agency that we found were using fake names to give us “client reviews.” I didn’t feel right about that, either.
Lovik says the most likely culprit is a guy they hired to redesign their website. But the lawyer says he’s “just a kid.” And doesn’t want to reveal his name nor hurt his reputation based on what he sees as a misguided attempt to help the firm.
I have received e-mails from this young “kid” and I, too, am not going to name him. There’s no point. There was a lesson to be learned here and it seems that everyone has learned it. For Lovik & Juhl: outsourcing marketing = outsourcing ethics and reputation. I, for one, have learned that I really shouldn’t give a crap.
So, here’s what I’ve done: I deleted the content of the previous post and replaced it with a link to this one. If someone with better SEO knowledge tells me that it would be preferential to delete the original post in its entirety, I’m willing to consider it.
In the meantime, I would recommend that Messrs. Lovik and Juhl read Mr. Bennett’s post above and join us in the blawgosphere the right way.
seriously, i didn't make this up
It’s time, once again, to play that game where I take search terms that led visitors to this blog and make pithy comments about them. I’ve done this before (and again and again) and yes, it is a diversionary tactic which keeps me distracted enough to not write that substantive post that none of you ungrateful readers will ever read or comment on.
Don’t look at me like that.
Let’s get started:
- From August till now, the #1 search on this blog is the term: “facepalm“, which might adequately convey one’s reaction upon reaching this blog.
- Phil Russell also got a lot of hits: by the way, he wants you all to know that he appreciates the support.
- Law: yes, that’s the general idea. Also equally productive searches: science, the and and.
- Raising the Bar Season 3: you have reached the end of the internet.
- Public defender crap: much like regular crap, except free and overworked. Also, not as smart.
- How to beat the law: It’s a futile exercise. There’s only one person in the history of the world to have ever beaten the law and then too only when he was the law. Figure out that flux capacitor.
- How to be a public defender: Depends on who you ask. My clients would say if you have a pulse, you’re in! Because that whole law school thing is totally useless.
- Fail: epic
- Crazy public sex: There’s no such thing.
- Mental health public defender: It’s touch and go, thanks for asking.
- How to hire a public defender: You really need to think about what you type before you type it. All kinds of stupid up in this joint.
- Several people want to know what Alex Kelly is doing now. I. Don’t. Know.
- ooo sex: what happens after an aaa meeting
- ipostnaked dot com: glad to hear it.
- need money: if you find some, let me know. I have a good friend in Nigeria who’d be willing to invest it for you.
- if someone has naked pictures of you: you should probably try and get them back before they end up on Facebook – ah, what the heck, are you hot?
- tomorrow, you will vote the abolition of the death penalty: tomorrow, I will vote the abolition – wha, wait a minute! I see what you did there.
- why the government of usa make such dumb laws: I don’t know, it didn’t say.
- castrate myself: I wouldn’t recommend it, but hey, if that’s what you really want.
- why do we need the 6th amendment?: so you can read posts like these, duh!
- sleeping public defender: and that’s my cue.
I bet you can’t do better.
It seems to me that someone thought they were being artistic. The pictures, to be honest, aren’t half bad. It’s the subject matter of the pictures that is extremely questionable. Here are the worst offenders:
So, after looking at these I bet you’re curious what they have for the rest. The rest are as unimaginative and boring as these are offensive and stupid. Here’s Murder and here‘s [I have to warn you: that image is really, really gross. No nudity or anything, but..just...be careful and do not blame me for clicking on it] what it should have been. Here’s violent crimes, but I think this would fit better with their theme. The only one that I think really works in money laundering (hey! someone’s got a sense of humor!).
Update: An intrepid reader provides a picture of what real money laundered money would look like. I want to swim in it.
Update-Update: The Texas Tornado points out that it’s a findlaw website, but someone still had to approve the damn thing.
Anyway, somebody better take screencaps quick before they change the images.
I have to ask: What is wrong with people?
…radio silence to bring you this update:
The world has ended.
In the defense interview the prosecutor and the victim advocate decided to place Stilson on top of the table during the interview. It was such a surprise to the child (and the defense attorney) to see Stilson snoozing on the table that the child came out from under the table and everyone petted him during the interview. Under these circumstances the child did a much better job describing what had occurred and it was a fairly pleasant experience for everyone.
It is also less likely that a defense attorney would engage in aggressive questioning when a dog is seated or lying in between the attorney and the witness.
If the witness and facility dog have not had a previous experience together, be sure to arrange for them to have at least 45 minutes to interact and play with one another before the interview begins.
And almost get arrested in the process:
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