Thursday, September 09, 2010

Idea of Reference: Secretary of State James Baker

In early June 1991 then President George H.W. Bush nominated Robert S. Strauss, Esq. to the post of U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union. At that time I was employed at Mr. Strauss's law firm, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld as a paralegal. I worked in the Litigation Support Group managed by Chris Robertson, which was housed in the terrace level (basement) of the firm's office.

A few days after Strauss's nomination, two litigation support employees, Renee Lloyd and Greg Courtney, engaged in a wild charade adjacent to my cubicle. They were pretending to be, respectively, Tammy Faye Bakker and Jim Bakker, the evangelist. Their charade was loud and disruptive -- and histrionic.  In early 1991, a federal appeals court upheld Bakker's conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges, but voided Bakker's 45-year sentence, as well as the $500,000 fine, and ordered that a new sentencing hearing be held.

I formed the belief (or idea of reference) that Greg Courtney's portrayal of the evangelist Jim Bakker in early June 1991 was a reference to then Secretary of State James Baker. I further formed the belief that Bob Strauss had spoken to Secretary Baker about me, or provided him some document(s) that I had written, and that Secretary Baker made some comment about me to Strauss that Strauss communicated to his law partners.

Later, in August 1991, Greg Courtney engaged in loud and disruptive banter near my work station in the terrace level. I forcefully told Mr. Courtney to "hold it down." Mr. Courtney complained to our supervisor, Chris Robertson, that I had rudely told Mr. Courtney to "shut up."  See Record on Appeal, Freedman v. D.C. Dept. Human Rights, D.C.C.A. no. 96-CV-961 (Sept. 1 1998). Akin Gump admits that Greg Courtney was disposed to engage in loud banter.

1 comment:

Gary Freedman said...

Typical of the sexually-charged atmosphere in the Litigation Support Department is the following incident from the summer of 1991. Gregory Courtney, without the knowledge or consent of another employee, Sherrie Patrick (who occupied a work cubicle next to that of Complainant), plastered an approximate 2' x 3' wall of Ms. Patrick’s work cubicle with photographs of scantily-clad male models that he had apparently spent some time culling from magazines. Later, Litigation Support employees Gregory Courtney, Sherrie Patrick and Renee Lloyd engaged in a voluble and disruptive banter about the photographs. See record on appeal: COMPLAINANT'S REPLY TO RESPONDENT'S RESPONSE TO INTERROGATORIES AND DOCUMENT REQUEST.