Law Blogger to Defamation Plaintiff: “Go Sh*t in a Hat” [Updated]

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Eric Turkewitz at the New York Personal Injury Law Blog has come up with a new affirmative defense he says he's planning to use when he answers the complaint that another lawyer recently filed against him, and other bloggers, and the Washington Post, and the ABA Journal, and pretty much anybody else who mentioned that lawyer's conduct in a recent murder trial. (I hadn't gotten to that item yet, but maybe this will be enough to get me named in a Fourth Amended Complaint, if any.)

Eric's post is a must-read. As he also notes, someone has taken a crack at translating his new legal principle into Latin. That phrase, vade et caca in pilleum et ipse traheatur super aures tuos, is actually more precise than the English version, because it makes clear that the hat in which one's opponent is to take a dump is his own.


See also Simple Justice (and a follow-up here) for more background, Defending People for a list of links to the many other posts on this issue over the last week, and Big Legal Brain for the movie version.