She has worked with many families undergoing difficult situations and is familiar with and sensitive to their needs.
So why do her neighbors hate her?
A Brooklyn judge has ordered a divorce lawyer into a padded room.
The jurist ruled that the loudmouth lawyer has been terrorizing her neighbors at her ritzy condo building so much — blasting classical music and shrieking things such as “Obama is a murderer!” and “Rape!” around-the-clock — that her pad has to be soundproofed.
She was ordered to turn the volume down from 11, but apparently just couldn’t manage to control herself.
“The screaming and yelling begins as early as 6:30 a.m. and recurs throughout the day and often as late as midnight,” her next-door neighbor, Craig Spolsky, said in an affidavit.
Her “voice can be clearly heard from inside my apartment. She uses words like ‘murder,’ ‘rape,’ ‘killing’ and ‘killing myself,’ and has apparently even mentioned my name in the same breath as these threatening words,” Spolsky said.
“ ‘Obama, the murderer in chief’ — that’s a phrase that she often says,” Spolsky added. “The horrifying nature, tremendously loud volume, and upsetting substance of [Coleman’s] yelling are present nearly every single day.”
It’s unclear whether she’s unaware that Obama is no longer president, or the allegations are old, but either way, it appears her refusal to abide the court order and continued screaming has pushed a judge to test the limits of property law.
Coleman had initially been fined $31,000 for disobeying a court order to keep quiet.
Justice Edgar Walker then came up with an alternative: He would drop the fine if Coleman allowed the board’s acoustical engineer to soundproof her fifth-floor pad at 1 Grand Army Plaza.
If she refuses, the judge has given the board of the Richard Meier-designed tower permission to install the soundproofing “by forcible entry.”
It’s one thing to fine her. It’s another to authorize forced entry of a private party onto someone else’s private property, as much as her conduct seems to demand some recourse for the quiet enjoyment of her neighbors. After all, this is a condo, not a co-op.
As for Copeland, she argues that the problem isn’t her screaming about Obama, but they just don’t like her.
At a court hearing in January 2017, Coleman claimed that her neighbors have provoked her behavior. She said they want her out because her unit is in foreclosure. She did not return messages seeking comment.
The divorce mediation biz doesn’t appear to be as vibrant as the flowery language might suggest. But her unit being in foreclosure, even if this also means she’s not paying common charges or it’s the condo association getting burned by non-payment, such that the other residents have to carry her weight as well as listen to her, doesn’t explain why that makes her scream about Obama.
While many have raised “Trump Derangement Syndrome” as a manifestation of the suddenly woke and unduly passionate losing their shit hourly, it’s important to remember that people aren’t unhinged only because of Trump, and there were crazy people before, just as there will be after.
Whether she’s motivated by conservative or hyper-progressive fury is unclear, but either way, she’s making too damn much noise. As it has been firmly established by the twitter scolds that a woman can’t be called “unhinged” because it’s misogynstic, can it at least be agreed that Copeland has severe impulse control issues? Then again, it may well be asked how anyone who screams about Obama could have been admitted to practice law at all.