Twice thus far, Carl David flailed blindly in an effort to salvage his dignity. Inquiring minds wondered if he would go for three. And now, Carl David’s reply to Hull, unchanged from its original format:
Mr Hull – this was sent to me late last night. I am currently driving to court and will try and respond more later. I honestly don’t know how this thing got so overblown. I can assure you I was not trying “steal” you content or pilfer anything from you. Until a couple of days ago I did not know who you were, and still don’t outside this capacity. A law grad waiting for bar results about a year or toe ago was in charge of my web content. I was having trouble with a new paralegal, who while doing a great job, was not copying or cc’ing our clients enough. She cut and pasted the rules , and put them up there. I have never taken credit for them, shown them to a client, obviously care very little about blogs, and do not even know how to take the content down as of now even if I wanted to. I would have to e-mail my web designer to do so. Yesterday was a holiday here so everyone was taken the day off. I don’t know what number you called or dialed, but out main number is 214.702.2275. I have not received any messages from you, although I am not implying you didn’t call. I was not in the office yesterday. Maybe a message will be waiting for me by one of my assistants when I get back there. The main problem for lies with Mr. Greenman or Greenfeld or whatever his name is. He impugned my character, reputation, and my integrity. I have a policy to shut bad karma and attitude out of my life, ignore it, and only partake in dialogue with those who approach me with respect. You have done so, and that is why I am taking the time to write this (again, sorry for any grammatical errors, I’m on my iPhone). I can honestly say I did not try to steal your content. If I did it would be in another section of my site. I have plenty of pages I wrote personally and had my web designer convert in the CMS we use or HTML or whatever. That was really put up there to remind my paralegal of your rule about bombarding the client with correspondence. I am sorry if you took it the wrong way. Again, my frustration lies with the guy in NYC. If he would agree to take down all the disparaging remarks about me, I would have whatever content he is referring to down ASAP. Honestly, and this is not intended as a shot at you (because it seems like you do more civil work, my practice is devoted almost entirely to criminal defense) – but most of your Rules, are not germane to my practice, and if anything, I would tailor it to my own, and what I believe to be true. What does confuse me as I finally read where it came from, is it seems you gave a speech or a seminar at some point, urging these Rules as guidelines for a Firm and to use as a practice. Again, I never intended to plagiarize. In my line of work, I put little stock in an on-line presence, blogging, or whatever material is on any of my websites. In fact, almost al of my DWI content has been ripped in some form or fashion by other attorneys, including my old boss and mentor. Some with my approval (usually old friends) and some not (like what was mentioned with James Saint, and he didn’t even bother to change my name on his site when evidently stole some of my content). But honestly things like this take a back seat to me, because I believe in the personal practice of law, and not being hunched over a computer critiquing other attorneys or blogging about some point of law, etc. For me, my time is better spent personally interacting with clients, judges, court coordinators, etc. Simply put, in a local, and personal fashion. I really don’t want the client who would hire me based on web presence alone. Anyway, thank you for your message and the demeanor and approach you took. This is all that it had to take. My frustration lies with Mr Greenbaum, or whatever he goes by. It seems you and him are in close contact with each other. And I stand by what I first wrote to him. You can forward this message to him if you like. You can beat reach me on this e-mail address. Thank you.
Sent from my iPhone
There was an initial suggestion that I should note that Carl David is dumber than dirt, but I feared the nasty reaction I would get from dirt for making the comparison. My apologies in advance for anyone who got a headache.