In deference to Old Yeller.

Scott Greenfield was on twitter today and he accused me of being a pussy.  He asked if there was anything that moved me enough to yell.

Because he yells.  And Terry Kindlon yelled.  And lots of other lawyers yell. 

I don’t yell.  Not here.  And, since this is my blog where I can write what I want how I want, I don’t have to.  I am told to remain true to my voice and to who I am.  I intend to do that each and every time I put my fingers on this keyboard.

But, out of respect to Mr. Greenfield, who reminds me of my dear mentor, Mr. Kindlon, I will answer the questions he posted to me on twitter today as loudly as I can.

Greenfield:  How do you feel about your listserv pals?
Me:  Some of them make me sick.  I mean, I feel queasy in my stomach, my head spins.  I cannot believe these people get hired.  People pay them money.  They have no shame.  They don’t hide their lack of commitment, or their lack of understanding, their lack of empathy.  They put it out there for the whole world to see and then others come to their defense.  Go you!  Rah rah for your poor lawyering.  Rah rah for your warped legal analysis.  That’s how I feel about some of the folks on the listserv.  Those people are not my pals, by the way.

Greenfield:  What do you think of PD apologists?
Me:  I am pretty sure my last post makes this clear – they are wusses and liars.  They have a job where they get to fight the MAN every day of their lives.  That is some pretty cool shit.  The fact that you have lots of cases doesn’t mean you get to be a party to anyone going to jail because you don’t have time.  Mr. or Ms. PD.  Put it on the record.  You are not ready.  Set up your IAC claim for the appeal.  Do it.  Suck it up and do it.

Greenfield:  How many defendants should go to prison for them?
Me:  None.  Zero.  Zilch.  But they do.  And they will continue to do so until we can figure out a way to make it stop.

Maybe this isn’t yell-y enough for Mr. Greenfield.  He might want me to come up with a name for the brand of lawyer I am talking about here, but I’ll leave that to him.  I’m a girl with girl feelings and girl thoughts.  I’m not relegated to only having one emotion, anger, like men are.  I feel sad, sometimes hopeless, disappointed, disbelieving.  So, there you have it.  This is the not guilty version of yelling.  Enjoy it, because there’s probably not going to be much more.

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15 Responses

  1. shg - April 29, 2010

    Not bad for a girl.

  2. Mark Bennett - April 29, 2010

    This really makes me mad.

  3. Mirriam Seddiq - April 29, 2010

    Come on boys, emote. Let it out.

  4. Antonin I. Pribetic - April 29, 2010

    If you're shouting, then consider using CAPITALIZED LETTERS.

  5. Delilah - April 29, 2010

    This post is not only a notch up from yelling, it beats both crying at your desk and tantrum in the hall after losing a case, hands down. You rock girl.

  6. Mirriam Seddiq - April 29, 2010

    Sister, I've done both.

  7. shg - April 29, 2010

    Bennett isn't really mad. If he was, he would have written "aaarrrgghh".

    Do you really cry at your desks?

  8. Jeff Gamso - April 29, 2010

    Girl? You're a girl? I miss so much by not twitting.

    But who said I can only have one emotion just because I'm a guy and it's anger? I mean, I've got plenty of that. But I've got a whole semi-truck load of depression, too.

  9. Jeff Gamso - April 29, 2010

    Ignore Greenfield. He just wants the last word.

  10. Windypundit - April 29, 2010

    Somehow, as soon as I saw the words "Old Yeller" I knew this post was going to be about Greenfield.

    By the way, Scott, don't be fooled into thinking that just because a woman is crying she's somehow less dangerous. Many men have suffered for making that mistake…

  11. Mirriam Seddiq - April 30, 2010

    SHG – yes, I've cried. I've sat in my office, in Terry's office, in the bathroom in court. And, what WP said – my tears are razor sharp sometimes.

    Gamso – if you actually clicked into the blog you'd see I was a girl. Sheesh, you young people with your feeder things. You probably don't read a real newspaper either.

  12. Jeff Gamso - April 30, 2010

    Sheesh. It was a joke. I knew.

    And I suspect I'm the oldest person commenting – by a fair amount.

  13. Rick Horowitz - April 30, 2010

    Great post. I'm going to bookmark it.

    I'm with Gamso, btw: at least a semi-truckload of depression sometimes.

    The emotion I hate the most, though, is resignation. The kind that just makes me want to give up and try moving out into the mountains where I won't have to deal with (as many) human beings.

    Being tired makes it harder to fight that one, too.

    And yelling makes me tired. I prefer a more reasoned approach even if sometimes it doesn't work.

    Or crying.

    Does that make me a woman? Who cares? Aren't we past thinking it's an insult to be a woman?

  14. Mirriam Seddiq - May 1, 2010

    I like being a woman – except for the pregnancy part, I did hate that part.

  15. Norm Pattis - May 2, 2010

    Only one emotion? You have hurt both of my feelings!

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