Bad choice of words
June 4, 2014 Leave a comment
A few stories caught my eye today. First up comes from NRA-ILA. That’s the National Rifle Association Institute of Legal Action. They are hardcore supporters of the 2nd Amendment so it came as a bit of a shock when a news release on their website stated:
Yet while unlicensed open carry of long guns is also typically legal in most places, it is a rare sight to see someone sidle up next to you in line for lunch with a 7.62 rifle slung across his chest, much less a whole gaggle of folks descending on the same public venue with similar arms.
Let’s not mince words, not only is it rare, it’s downright weird and certainly not a practical way to go normally about your business while being prepared to defend yourself. To those who are not acquainted with the dubious practice of using public displays of firearms as a means to draw attention to oneself or one’s cause, it can be downright scary. It makes folks who might normally be perfectly open-minded about firearms feel uncomfortable and question the motives of pro-gun advocates.
The NRA received more than a wee bit of flack for criticizing open carry of long guns. Apparently so much flack that Chris Cox, chief lobbyist for the NRA issued a statement saying “It was a mistake” and “it shouldn’t have happened.”
Second up is David Charron. Charron, a business lawyer, had already been held in contempt by a Michigan trial court for transferring assets of a business in violation of a trial court order. Charron doubled down in appealing the contempt order by stating in the appeal “When the judiciary acts as the bitch for complainant, we get rulings like this.” Ouch. Regardless of whether or not that was in fact the case, a bit of tact is always in order when describing a trial court’s behavior to an appellate court. The Michigan Court of Appeals took issue and hit him with a $1,000 reminder that such language was inappropriate.
Finally, back at home here in Mississippi I see Madison County Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger accused of striking a mentally challenged man and saying “Run, n—–, run.” If this is true, I can’t imagine what in the world Weisenberger was thinking. That is even more outrageous than the Florida judge that told a public defender to stop “pissing him off and just sit down” and then told the attorney he would take him out back and “beat his ass.”
Lessons from the above:
- Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
- Don’t use the word “bitch” in a legal brief unless a female dog is involved.
- Don’t be a racist.
- Don’t threaten to whoop anyone’s ass in court.