Concerns Inside and Outside the Home
The internet story that Mark Epstein is responsible for becomes more saddening as time goes on. Instead of spending time pursing his daughter who he has abused, Mark is finding more things to get angry about. On his new blog (safely removed from all his recent praise of Pooh’s Think), Mark is now wrangling with an alleged letter from Doug Phillips’ Attorney sent to Mark and his wife some time after May 22 (Mark does not give us the date of this letter):
“This letter is to advise you that I represent Doug and Beall Phillips. It is my view that under Texas and Federal law, your statements about the Phillips and your widely distributed letters of February 2005 and May 22, 2006 constitute actionable slander and libel. Were you convicted in a court of law for libel and slander, damages could be substantial.”
Mark dedicates an entire post for the purpose of criticizing how this attorney used legal language in this paragraph. Mark is upset that this attorney would try to intimidate him with the word “convicted,” instead of just saying “judgment.” Mark wants to know why Doug Phillips would try to intimidate him. Another patriarchical saga! Even Doug Phillips’ legal representation hired for the purpose of protecting Phillips, Phillips’ wife, and Phillips’ business is a meany-winnie. Why can’t Christian attorneys show some understanding and love? Mark also wants to know why this attorney used the word “slander” in additional to “libel.” Unfortunately, Mark’s prolific activities have forced this attorney to make broad use of legal vocabulary, since the lies were both spoken and distributed in writing (“statements about” and “distributed letters”). Mark also wants to know why the attorney did not state which laws he is referencing—hmmm, perhaps this attorney is lying; there may not be any statements about slander and libel under Texas and Federal law. Or, maybe this attorney would be pleased if Mark was forced to hire his own attorney to give him legal consultation. But who needs that when you have the Watchman to cover your story!….attorneys are at least responsible to continue representing you once they start. Lastly, Mark takes issue with the language “widely distributed.” Perhaps Mark would like to sue this attorney for libel. However, it could be possible that this attorney was predicting Mark’s real intent: to distribute their libelous story to the world wide web! Would Mark get angry if we were to now claim that his statements are “widely distributed?” Perhaps a “careful” look at this paragraph should include at least a skim of the entire letter–but no primary document forthcoming.
Hopefully, Mark will soon ask his wife to pull her blog and start informing us how things are going with his wife and children.