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A message to lawyers contemplating acts of legal harassment

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007 at 7:27 pm Written by:

Nothing is going on. Move along now. I’ve decided it’s necessary to lay the ground rules before it does.

Question: What do you have if a lawyer is buried up to his neck in sand?
Answer: Not enough sand.

Realizing that one of the founding and ridiculous principles of the law is that “ignorance of the law is no excuse”. Even if the law is so obscure and voluminous that it’s impossible to know it. It is public and theoretically accessible, and your democratic representatives in Parliament have signed up to it on your behalf.

Noting that legal fine print is similar in its way of being voluminous and obscure and impossible to read, but it exists in many contracts you sign up to, put tickboxes to, or agree to by opening a shrink-wrapped piece of software.

Asserting that this blog posting is legal fine print and in that it is publically noticed and placed in a location which any legal professional would be reasonably expected to find it. Therefore, not having seen it is no excuse as you are still bound by the terms that follow.

Be it resolved that:

1. Notwithstanding any prior explicit agreements, Julian Todd reserves the right to make public any part of an email, written or verbal communications, or documentary evidence in any other form relating to a threat of legal action of any kind in his professional or activist capacity.

2. The right to publicize legal threats applies even if the threat is technically limited to a close colleague with whom his work or hobby is intimately related.

3. A statement at the end of a communication of the nature: “This email is confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed” is likely to have its proposed confidentiality denied unless previously agreed, and will be used for any purpose seen fit.

4. Actual legal action taken in the courts is public by default. Therefore — morally — threats to take legal action must also be public if seriously intended.

5. If you want to send me a legal threat in confidence, you must obtain my consent in writing, or don’t bother to make it in the first place.

6. If a solicitor from a company with the initials A.G. makes any authorized contact with me, I will assume that they will have agreed that I have the right to disclose all the letters I have received and sent to them in the past relating to the last time I had a run-in with these sods whose unapologetic tactics include attempts to deprive people of their livelihood. It is advised that if someone connected to that establishment has anything to say, they do so in their personal capacity or use a representative from another lawyering company who is willing to communicate with me about the issues without resorting to any direct legal threats.

7. Most legal threats by moneyed corporations against smaller individuals rely on fear and bullying to work. I have lost my fear and I don’t like bullying. The legal system, like the Ritz hotel, is open to anyone who has the cash. But it also relies on the consent of the public to function without being held in deserved contempt. Be it known that I am prepared to risk losing a legal action spectacularly, so long as I believe I can induce sufficient self-inflicted harm against the evil-doers.

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