JoAnne Musick is not only a contributing writer at Fault Lines, but the past-president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, maybe the best local criminal defense bar association in the nation. So when a Houston lawyer, Brian Roberts, found that a post he wrote had been reposted without permission, JoAnne stood up for him, because that’s what honest lawyers do for other honest lawyers.
A lawyer stealing a post? Not exactly a new phenomenon. But there is a secondary phenomenon which takes a disgraceful situation and makes it worse. There are two choices when a lawyer is caught red-handed stealing someone else’s posts. You can apologize for being a worthless scoundrel who lacks the capacity to write for herself, or you can be Mary Frances Prevost.
Well sure, lots of people who lack the minimal competence to produce writing of their own steal the efforts of others to slime the internet with other people’s thoughts. And even though it’s wrong with attribution to lift a post wholesale, the problem is compounded when the claim that there was attribution isn’t true either. But then, Prevost’s history with plagiarism is nothing new.
And did this nasty little woman really call JoAnne “stupid girl”? Indeed she did. And worse. This was just the beginning of her “mean girls” effort. After all, get caught dirty so why not let the “real you” out?
Apparently, Prevost sees herself as an important person on the twitters, and dismisses JoAnne as a “girl no one follows.” But that’s one small bit of Prevost’s dive into the cesspool. Its gets more bizarre, accusing JoAnne of being a “Trumpster”?!?
Could this just be some sort of inexplicably inane joke? Well, no.
Not that I’m qualified to diagnose a diseased mind, but this appears to be a full-blown psychotic breakdown,
It’s bad enough that Prevost is one of those scummy lawyers who scrape other people’s content to make up for their own inadequacies. That’s bad, very bad. And the lack of integrity reflected by her conduct isn’t about lawyer marketing, but about a lawyer for whom honesty and ethics is meaningless.
But when a lawyer behaves like some sick psycho stalker, in a dark room in search of another person’s personal photographs to use on twitter to attack her appearance, to manufacture some insanely irrational connection to a political candidate and post it on social media, there appears to be a very serious need for her character and fitness to be challenged.
Mary Frances Prevost gives every appearance of being psychologically unhinged, incapable of distinguishing reality from whatever twisted fantasy is sloshing around in her head. The viciousness alone of her bizarre social media foray into the cesspool suggests that there is something terribly wrong with this person. Perhaps she’s a danger to herself? She certainly appears to be a danger to others.
This is not a person who should be entrusted with a client’s life. This is a person who would likely benefit greatly from psychotropic medication. She clearly appears to have lost touch with reality.
And Mary? While JoAnne may not have a big enough following on the twitters to impress you, I have a few more than she does. I have a few more than you do too. Get help Mary Frances Prevost. You desperately need help.
And stop scraping posts too, You don’t get to steal content from other lawyers because you’re incapable of producing it yourself. Not even when you’ve overcome whatever sad, twisted demons are screwing with your head and making you behave like this. Just stop.
As for JoAnne, welcome to the world of diseased minds on the internet. They steal. They attack. They indulge in their bizarre fantasies about people. Remember, there is no sanity test given before someone can buy a keyboard. As for why Mary Frances Prevost is such a nasty, vicious, irrational and ignorant person, who knows. But while the internet is full of such people, the legal profession should not be. Your effort to be there for your fellow lawyer, Brian Roberts, is commendable. That you had to endure this flaming nutjob is unfortunate.
If there is nothing else to take comfort in from this experience, know that Mary Frances Prevost’s behavior is the coup de grâce of an unhinged mind. Perhaps now she can get the help she so desperately needs.