December 11, 1996
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008-4530
David H. Larry, Esq.
Manatt, Phelps, Phillips & Kantor
1501 M Street, NW
RE: Manatt, Phelps, Phillips & Kantor Employment Inquiry - Homicide/Violence Risk Dear Mr. Larry:
During the period March 1988 to October 1991 I was employed as a legal assistant at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld ("Akin Gump"). Attorney managers at Akin Gump terminated my employment effective October 29, 1991 upon determining, in consultation with a psychiatrist, that a complaint of harassment I had lodged against several co-workers was attributable to a psychiatric symptom ("ideas of reference") prominent in the psychotic disorders and typically associated with a risk of violent behavior. See Freedman v. D.C. Dept. of Human Rights, D.C. Superior Court no. MPA 95-14 (final order issued June 10, 1996). In the period immediately after my job termination senior Akin Gump managers determined that it was advisable to secure the office of my direct supervisor against a possible homicidal assault, which it was feared I might commit.
During the summer of 1992, approximately nine months after my job termination by Akin Gump, I submitted an employment inquiry to Manatt, Phelps, Phillips & Kantor, as evidenced by the enclosed response signed by you and dated October 29, 1992. I do not know what communications, if any, you may have had with Akin Gump's attorney managers or supervisors at the time of this employment inquiry.
I have been under investigation by the U.S. Secret Service as a potential security risk to President William J. Clinton, and was interrogated at the Washington Field Office by Special Agent Philip C. Leadroot as recently as February 1996.
I request that you candidly disclose to federal authorities the content of any communications you may have had with any senior Akin Gump supervisors or attorney managers, including Dennis M. Race, Esq. (whom I expressly designated as a job reference in the employment inquiry to Manatt, Phelps, Phillips & Kantor), relating to the subject matter of my job termination by Akin Gump, including facts relating to the firm's alleged determination that I suffered from a paranoid mental state that rendered me potentially violent, or facts relating to the firm's concerns that I might have been armed and homicidal and possibly poised to carry out a homicidal assault on the firm's premises.
cc: Joseph E. diGenova