Thursday, December 31, 2009

An Inside Joke To The President of the American Bar Association

February 20, 1998
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW #136
Washington, DC 20008-4530

Jerome J. Shestak, Esq.
Wolf, Block, Schorr & Solis-Cohen
Philadelphia, PA 19102-2678

RE: Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld Homicide/Violence Risk Assessment -- Pennsylvania Attorney ID 41032

Dear Mr. Shestak:

Further to my letter to you dated February 3, 1997, I submit two computer discs that contain all of my personal computer files for the period November 1996 to the present. The documents contained on the discs will address any possible concerns that the American Bar Association may have with respect to my professional conduct as an attorney licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

I want to relate an anecdote. My psychiatrist recently said to me: "Mr. Freedman, tell me, how would you describe your present life circumstances? And, please, limit yourself to one word. I'm a busy man." In response to his question I said: "Good." He said: "That tells me that you engage in massive denial." My psychiatrist then said: "Now, if you would, Mr. Freedman, expand that to two words. Describe for me in two words the nature of your present circumstances." I said: "Fine. -- Not Good." He said: "Mr. Freedman, that tells me that you're a paranoid malingerer."

And that, Mr. Shestak (to quote an ancient Rabbi), is the sum total of psychiatry. The rest is commentary.

Sincerely,

Gary Freedman

cc: Prof. Samuel Dash [now deceased] [ethics adviser to Kenneth Starr, Esq.-Whitewater Special Counsel]

3 comments:

Gary Freedman said...

A brief time after I sent this letter I received a teleophone call from Jerome Shestack's secretary at Wolf Block. I vaguely recall that she identified her name as Diane.

She acknowledged receipt of my letter. I think Mr. Shestack found my letter amusing. Why would his secretary telephone a nutcase in Washington, DC?

Gary Freedman said...

The letter to Jerome Shestack was prompted by the following. I had recently heard a lecture that Jerome Shestack gave on the Independent Prosecutor law that Kenneth Starr was operating under in his Whitewater investigation of President Clinton.

Mr. Shestack told the following joke. "Someone asks, 'What is your opinion of the Independent Prosecutor law? And I'm a busy man, answer with one word.' The person replies, 'Good.'

'Now, tell me in two words what you think of the Independent Prosecutor law.' The person answers, 'Not good.'

I combined that joke with the story told about the ancient Rabbi, the revered Jewish scholar Hillel, who was asked to sum up Judaism while standing on one foot. Hillel replied, standing on one foot: "Do unto others as you would have them do to you. That is the Jewish religion. The rest is commentary."

My letter to Jerome Shestack was Homospatial. I thought it was something that would appeal to a student of poetry, like Mr. Shestack.

Gary Freedman said...

Do I follow the Golden Rule? Absolutely!

If I filed false sworn statements with a government agency, I would fully expect to get screwed by the victim. That's why I wouldn't do that.