I am basically a tolerant, liberty-oriented, and liberal-minded person. I was delighted to see female priests in the Episcopal church; gay clergy is fine with me; and I have no objection to a Lesbian archbishop. I even now, under the improbably influence of Brent Cooper, a lawyer in Dallas (who-da thunk it), welcome the prospect of trying a case in front of a jury of “Millennials”–all including purple haired maidens, women with multiple tattoos in vivid color, and men wearing baseball caps on backward.
In addition, in opposition to all the Yellow Dogs I know–and that’s a lot–I think that most insurance companies, most of the time, are reasonable entities trying to reach a reasonable result that is more or less consistent with the applicable contract of insurance. Similarly, I think that most lawyers–more than 65%–try to obtain a semblance of justice, even in contested matters, even if many of them are far, far, less than perfect or even marvelously good, relatively speaking, in their non-lawyering lives.
It is therefore a personal deficiency of mine–granted one I nonetheless love, honor, and obey–to not just delight but take considerable joy in observing a truly wicked lawyer–an evil one!–washed over by a tide of condemnation. Hearing about a come a uppence is not nearly so pleasurable as “watching”–if only in the imagination–not only a fall from a high place but also a long, trudging trip on bare feet in the cold, cold rain on gravel roads on the way to the farthest away dumpy house of misery producing, sustaining, and worsening incarceration.
I have gone to confession on this point in which I take pride many times during and since my youth, yet (I do not really try to repent.) Following vengeance upon the profoundly and deserving unworthy is one of life’s pleasures, like warm cornbread, especially when you have no role in executing it. (In the current age of massive statin consumption, be careful not to eat too much of it.) Oddly enough, I would defend these wretches in court if s/he have the money* or were a close and beloved relative, like my brothers, my wife, and my children, even if broke. I’m sure my father would have done it for one or all of us. Even the worse get a defense in the civilized secular world; besides, we have not burned witches in several centuries.
(*The liberality and tolerance I have proclaimed for myself gives out here. I cannot see how the idea of pro bono applies since that phrase means “for the good,” and I see no good in this defense.)
Now I finally get to the point.
There is a syndicate of lawyers who are way down there, not far from the lowest of the low. Part of this is that they inflict suffering on large groups, and will go further if they can. What they do is to acquire copyrights “governing” poor pornography. They then utilize it to blackmail weak citizens who have downloaded some of their junk. They do this by finding out who these poor devils are by cyber investigations and then extort money from them, by use of our sacred courts, in exchange for silence. Usually these victimized ninnies pay what sounds like relative sums, $4500 plus-or-minus, to get out from under.
There have been at least dozens of these lawsuits around the country using boilerplate Complaints and then settling quickly. At last various people have represented the populace and triggered genuine court action.
When the courts realized what was going on, they reacted vigorously to some extent with money sanctions and orders requiring what is in effect restitution. In addition they have required recuperates to report to the courts all other courts where they have been trying to ruin the system and a sizable number of people. (How does one explain to his wife where the $4500 went when its disappearances cancels the to NYC to see, hear, and sit in the stands for this and then that?)
Thank you Lord, the knights of justice are on the move. In addition to the foregoing the judges are going to the relevant ethics committees of state bars, to U.S.Attorneys, to state attorney general, and to the FBI. Maybe they should also be going to the right groups that are influential so the “antiquated” provisions of the law of copyright can be discarded.
One of the leading cases is Ingenuity 13 LLC v. John Doe, 2013 WL 1898633 (C.D. Cal., May 6, 2013), Otis Wright, J., and its follower is AF Holdings, LLC v. John Does, 12-1445-9 (JNE/FLN)(D. Minn. Nov. 6, 2013), Franklin Noel, M.J. Judge’s Wright’s opinion contains marvelous charts, maps, and photographs of the “Punks of the Prenda,”–Prenda being the odious law firm of–the central filthy pigs–being led to the slaughters of disgrace, disbarment and imprisonment. The Minnesota case is far more brief and lacks the visuals. However, it dealt with five–REPEAT 5!–of these satanically sinful cases. My first hope regarding the Pythons of Prenda is that they not even have enough money to hire capable defense counsel, not even Harvard’s best.