Seventy-three men sailed up from the San Fransisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship and here’s what they had to say:
“We’re calling everyone to ride along to another shore.
We can laugh our lives away and be free once more.”
But no one heard them calling; no one came at all
’cause they were too busy watching those old raindrops fall
as a storm was blowin.
Out on the peaceful sea, seventy-three men sailin’ off to history…
– “Ride, Captain, Ride” by Blues Image
“Lions and tigers and bears – oh my!”
– Dorothy, “The Wizard of Oz”
“Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. Your children, however, whom you said would become a prey – I will bring them in, and they will know the land which you have rejected.” Numbers 14:30-31
I’m beginning to think foolishness runs in certain families.
Over the years, I’ve learned that when actions and reactions don’t make any sense for a given situation, you need to pay close attention if you’re going to figure out why: Why do people stop fighting when they should be moving forward? Why do people say no when the smarter and more obvious response would be a resounding yes? Why do people suddenly reverse course, arguing against all sound logic?
I’ve found the top two reasons are:
Many, many blog posts ago, I told the story of a certain attorney I had hired to represent me in a wrongful termination case. He was all gung-ho to help me and named his fee to do so.
A couple weeks later, I was back in the lobby of his law office, retainer in hand, waiting for my one o’clock appointment after checking in with the receptionist. At one o’clock she called a name but it wasn’t mine.
I approached her desk. There had to be some mistake.
There was. The attorney had decided not to take my case after all and did not have the decency to call me and cancel the appointment. He planned to let me sit there waiting while he continued seeing other clients, figuring I would eventually leave.
He was wrong. I confronted him in the lobby and forced him to explain himself. What I heard made my blood boil but I left with my dignity intact. He’s lucky.
Yes, he said, I was the victim of a hostile work environment. Yes, the EEOC had awarded me the golden right-to-sue letter. Yes, he understood why I had felt unable to act within the 90-day timeframe of the letter. But no, he was no longer going to represent me.
Why? He had called my former employer. (I was floored to hear that). They would be all over me for not acting on the right-to-sue letter before its 90-day expiration date. That was why he said he was not taking my case.
I looked at him like he’d just said he was rejecting my case because the sky is blue and I have brown eyes. His reason made that much sense… Which means it made no sense at all.
The fact that I had let the right-to-sue letter expire without taking appropriate action only strengthened my wrongful termination case, not weakened it.
I left, wondering how much they paid him to drop my case.
The stakes were considerably higher for the Tsarnaevs.
I can’t think of a bigger red flag than hearing an attorney chosen by the very government prosecuting your son say that any effort to hire independent counsel instead for your son’s defense would be met with obstruction.
How would I respond?
“Thanks for letting me know. I’ll be sure to choose a real fighter. Oh and you may have heard I am a blogger. I’ll be sure to let the world know all the details of the government’s threats. And as to your threat that my son will suffer more harshly in prison if I don’t stop saying publicly that my child is innocent, I’ll be blogging about that too. By the time we go to trial I will have launched a shit storm on social media like you have never seen before. Any attorney I hire will also be made aware of the government’s threats and will make sure my son is not suffering retaliation in prison… Now get the hell out.”
We all know that’s not what happened. I would say its water under the bridge and let it go, but sadly, it seems to be happening again.
I recently identified three attorneys whose background, experience and obvious dedication to their clients make them the perfect persons to approach about assisting with Dzhokhar’s appeal to ensure his second defense team does not throw the case and betray him like the first defense team did.
I took a lot of crap from certain persons when at last I embraced the belief that Boston was a fake bombing with crisis actors, no deaths, no amputations. Some of those same persons are now using that very argument, saying it is the reason they do not trust the Orlando attorney I took a packet of documents to in order to generate his possible interest in assisting with Dzhokhar’s appeal!
I find this argument ludicrous and pathetic and more than a little suspicious. When you consider the fact that the attorney I identified and reached out to just won an acquittal for his client and the fact that his client was accused of aiding and abetting in terrorism like Dzhokhar was, the reason given for not wanting to trust this attorney and give him a chance to read about this case and form an opinion is simply laughable.
I no longer wonder why certain persons have never been interested enough to reach out to me, though I know they are aware of my efforts to keep interest in Dzhokhar’s case alive and belief in his innocence strong. Their ridiculous stance on an attorney they have never met or talked to tells me all I need to know.
Ride, Captain, ride upon your mystery ship
Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip
Ride, Captain, ride upon your mystery ship
On your way to a world that others might have missed
While others are apparently becoming more interested in putting the Boston Marathon bombing itself on trial, wanting now to prove the victims were only crisis actors, I’ll stick to actions that have a real chance to free Dzhokhar. We can save proving the bombing was staged for another day.