Thursday, December 31, 2009

What Does President Nixon's Lawyer Know?

July 2, 1998
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW #136
Washington, DC 20008-4530

R. Stan Mortenson, Esq.
Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin
2555 M Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1353
(202) 293-6400

RE: Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin Employment Inquiry - Homicide/Violence Risk

Dear Mr. Mortenson:

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.

My records indicate that in August 1992, approximately nine months after my job termination by Akin Gump, I submitted an employment inquiry to legal assistant manager Colleen McEnroe at Miller Cassidy. I do not know what communications, if any, Colleen McEnroe 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 on a referral by high-ranking attorneys at the U.S. Department of Justice.

I request that Miller Cassidy disclose to the U.S. Secret Service (Phillip C. Leadroot, S.A., telephone no.: 202 435 5100) any evidence of a communication between Miller Cassidy and any Akin Gump supervisors or attorney managers, including Dennis M. Race, Esq. (whom I expressly designated as a job reference in the employment inquiry to Miller Cassidy), 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.

I know that you served as legal counsel to former President Richard M. Nixon in connection with litigation concerning President Nixon's assertion of a property interest in certain of his presidential papers held by the National Archives. I know that you will appreciate the serious nature of any concerns relating to presidential security.

Incidentally, you may recall that Akin Gump partner Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. was President Clinton's personal representative at the funeral of President Nixon's wife, in 1993.


Gary Freedman

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