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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.


 


24 Comments

  1. My reaction to this lawsuit (after self-censoring myself to reduce the chances of being named as a co-defendant by Versaci, along with David): $#@%*@!!!!

    I would hope that the ACLU or other 1st Amendment advocates would jump on this case. It is an offensive affront to free speech. The plaintiff may not be a “state actor” but as any 1st Amendment advocate knows, the plaintiff need not be a state actor in order to implicate the Free Speech Clause in defamation cases.

    Ridiculous.

    Comment by UCL — August 29, 2004 @ 8:21 pm

  2. My reaction to this lawsuit (after self-censoring myself to reduce the chances of being named as a co-defendant by Versaci, along with David): $#@%*@!!!!

    I would hope that the ACLU or other 1st Amendment advocates would jump on this case. It is an offensive affront to free speech. The plaintiff may not be a “state actor” but as any 1st Amendment advocate knows, the plaintiff need not be a state actor in order to implicate the Free Speech Clause in defamation cases.

    Ridiculous.

    Comment by UCL — August 29, 2004 @ 8:21 pm

  3. You know, UCL, some lawyers are giving uncivility and litigation a bad name.  Maybe you have an injury claim.
    I’ll let you surmise for yourself the level of esteem lawyer Versaci has attained among the local bar.

    Comment by David Giacalone — August 29, 2004 @ 8:50 pm

  4. You know, UCL, some lawyers are giving uncivility and litigation a bad name.  Maybe you have an injury claim.
    I’ll let you surmise for yourself the level of esteem lawyer Versaci has attained among the local bar.

    Comment by David Giacalone — August 29, 2004 @ 8:50 pm

  5. Even I in my youth know that the local bar’s level of esteem for a lawyer is not always based on factors such as lawyering skills, or personal integrity.

    Comment by UCL — August 30, 2004 @ 12:55 am

  6. Even I in my youth know that the local bar’s level of esteem for a lawyer is not always based on factors such as lawyering skills, or personal integrity.

    Comment by UCL — August 30, 2004 @ 12:55 am

  7. As I was reading the description of the case I thought –gee I wish someone one would call me a “so-called” lawyer. Everyone just calls me a so-called economist.

    Comment by Martin — August 30, 2004 @ 6:13 pm

  8. As I was reading the description of the case I thought –gee I wish someone one would call me a “so-called” lawyer. Everyone just calls me a so-called economist.

    Comment by Martin — August 30, 2004 @ 6:13 pm

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