Quote of the Day - The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
Take, for example, Mississippi lawyers, of which Grisham is one. According to that New York Times article, there's a federal indictment pending in Mississippi against a sitting State Supreme Court justice, his former wife, two former judges and one of the state's most prominent lawyers.
Supreme Court Justice Olivar Diaz, Jr. is accused of living rent free in a condo in Biloxi, owned by a lawyer who's father's libel case was the subject of some influence by the Justice. As a thank you beyond the condo, the lawyer also guaranteed a loan for the Justice's ex-wife. Peyton Place wasn't that convoluted.
But the best part is yet to come. Want to know the Justice and lawyer's defense? It's something my mother would see right through and tell you if everyone else jumps off the bridge..., well, you know the rest. Here it is, big as day: "what the defendants are accused of doing, everybody does."
Not to be outdone, the prosecution's response is: "the defense was based on speculation, innuendo and, most incredibly, news articles which can best be described as gossip and scuttlebutt."
Wow. I don't know how to phrase that comeback in legal terms, but I know if I look around a sandbox long enough, I'll probably hear it again. Apparently not satisfied with their legal prowess, the prosecutors have heaped on more charges. The Picayune is in on the act. Don't you just love that newspaper's name?
My favorites, though, are the lawyer and justice's other defenses, ringing right out of a yet-to-be-written Grisham novel, "Mississippi is a lightly populated state in which people know and help one another, a fact that should be applauded rather than prosecuted."
In other words, jump off the bridge with me. It'll be fun.