My last post was about a flash fiction story I wrote that dealt with the atmosphere of tension in a corporate lawfirm. It was a small example, and pretty civilized, really, given the reality. But it’s hard to know how far you can go in fiction to get a point across and still maintain verisimilitude. Happily, I have a real life example now. This is the kind of thing that if you wrote it in a story, no one would believe it.
It seems two attorneys in Florida got into an email war. It devolved to the point (my guess is sooner rather than later), where one called the other a “bottom feeding/scum sucking/loser lawyer” and the other accused the first of displaying “symptoms of a disability marked by ‘closely spaced eyes, dull blank stare, bulbous head, lying’.” The article is here.
I mean, you just can’t make stuff like this up. The good news is that the article appears on the American Bar Association website reporting that the lawyers were sanctioned for their behavior. But don’t let that fool you.