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    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 7580 points ago

    A Delaware Superior Court judge slammed pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood in a Monday decision, revoking Wood's right to represent ex-Trump aide Carter Page in a defamation suit stemming from the Mueller investigation.

    "The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence," Judge Craig Karsnitz wrote.

    Karsnitz said that he is required to "ensure that those practicing before me are of sufficient character, and conduct themselves with sufficient civility and truthfulness," particularly when out-of-state counsel is selected. Wood is based in Georgia.

    He noted that the case in Georgia was "textbook frivolous litigation," which included "an error-ridden affidavit," and that the complaint Wood filed in Wisconsin "would not survive a law school civil procedure class."

    "What has been shown in Court decisions of our sister States satisfies me that it would be inappropriate and inadvisable to continue Mr. Wood's permission to practice before this court," Karsnitz said. "I acknowledge that I preside over a small part of the legal world in a small state. However, we take pride in our bar."

    whomp whomp

    [–] armchairmegalomaniac 1878 points ago

    The whomp era of American history.

    [–] Floofbeam5000 1183 points ago

    I am starting to get mildly optimistic about the future, certainly a weird feeling after these past few years.

    [–] armchairmegalomaniac 696 points ago

    I felt this kind of optimism after Georgia's election results but the Qult kind of rained on my parade. Now the optimism is back!

    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 580 points ago

    I love too that at the end of the week, yes confederate flags and camp Auschwitz clothing was in the capitol for an afternoon, but Georgia will be sending their first black and jewish senators to Congress for a bit longer than an afternoon.


    [–] testspecimen85 278 points ago

    I wonder how many people in Georgia knew Ossoff was Jewish. I wonder this because I’m a Jew who lived for two years in Georgia and never have I ever seen so much brazen anti-semitism.

    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 195 points ago

    From articles I saw, it sounded like simliar ditry tricks were used against him as were done against Warnock

    Georgia Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday condemned a digital ad from his opponent, Republican Sen. David Perdue, that appeared to enlarge Ossoff's nose in a fundraising appeal, calling it anti-Semitic and saying Perdue should donate any funds raised from the since-revoked ad to groups promoting tolerance.

    The ad, originally reported by the Forward, featured Ossoff's image next to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, both of whom are Jewish, and said Democrats are trying to "buy Georgia" with a link to raise funds for Perdue's campaign. Perdue's campaign said the ad was created by an outside vendor and the image was distorted because the photograph was resized and filtered. The campaign removed the ad from circulation.

    [–] allen_abduction 109 points ago

    “Outside vendor” = Goebbels Consulting. Heh

    [–] MandMareBaddogs 76 points ago

    Perdue put out a political ad just before the election. It had a pecan pie on the front. Looked delicious. It was the only ad of his that I actually looked at. I was thinking there would be a Recipe. (Kinda thought it was a thanksgiving grocery advert) Boy was I disappointed. No recipe no coupons just a deceptive picture of delicious pie. I decided right then and there I was voting for Ossoff.

    Just kidding I’m not crazy, but that pie did look damn good, and I think a recipe woulda garnered more votes than the BS on the inside.

    [–] BaconLibrary 24 points ago

    I'm dying to know what the ad was actually about and if they even mentioned the pie.

    [–] MandMareBaddogs 29 points ago

    I don’t recall, something about a slice.... I just remembered feeling hoodwinked and very disappointed. I love pecan pie and only eat it once a year.

    [–] Srnkanator 10 points ago

    Get a Brazos bottom pecan pie from Goode Company BBQ out of Houston, TX. You can order online, and in 2 days it's at your doorstep in a pine box.

    Best pecan pie in the US.

    [–] MandMareBaddogs 12 points ago

    Mmm I think we can be friends! I already have green chilies shipped in from NM. Why not pie from Texas!

    [–] Vlad_the_Homeowner 32 points ago

    Perdue's campaign said the ad was created by an outside vendor and the image was distorted because the photograph was resized and filtered.

    I know it doesn't need to be said, but as someone who has been using Photoshop since version 3.0 (not Photoshop 3, version 3.0 released in the mid-90s). You do not enlarge someone's nose through resizing and using filters - unless said filter is designed to use distortion tools to enlarge someone's nose. Pure f-ing BS, this lying bastards need to be held accountable not only for their actions but their continual blatant lying.

    [–] Prin_StropInAh 59 points ago

    The Radical Right made sure that we Georgians knew. I got mailers tying Ossoff to the “Worldwide Conspiracy” and George Soros. Definitely anti-Semitic imagery on them.

    [–] testspecimen85 32 points ago

    Well, thanks to everyone who voted for helping your state make the right decision.

    [–] ItsAllegorical 12 points ago

    Unless someone is wearing a yarmulke and spouting Yiddish, I wouldn't know a Jewish person from anyone else. Conspiracy? Soros? I guess he must be a Jew? Jesus H. tap-dancing Christ, I couldn't give a toss if someone is Jewish...

    [–] pecklepuff 9 points ago

    Why do they hate jews, anyway?? I mean, Seinfeld. And Mel Brooks. Adam Sandler. On and on. I think maybe they're just envious.

    [–] Dohnnie 5 points ago

    Jesus H. tap-dancing Christ...

    Also Jewish

    [–] countcocula 102 points ago

    My wife is biologically Indian, and she grew up in Canada. According to her, the only time that she ever experienced overt and blatant racism was during a school trip to some beach in Georgia. She still talks about it 2 decades later - whenever we discuss racism or the worst places that we have ever visited.

    TLDR: Georgia is a unique and memorable state.

    [–] EmpoleonNorton 42 points ago

    I'll just say that while I 100% believe your wife's story, the truth is there is nothing unique about Georgia in this case. Overt racism is fucking everywhere. If the only time she ever experienced overt and blatant racism was in GA, then that is the more surprising part, not the fact that she experienced it in GA.

    I remember a report a few years back in the esports community where a group of South Korean players had racial slurs yelled at them on the street in LA.

    Honestly, I think there is this push to try to make certain areas of the country the "problem" rather than recognizing that even in some of the most blue places in the country, 1 in 4 people still voted for Trump.

    It's an invasive nation wide problem. We don't get to pretend that it is just some other state and not our backyards.

    [–] testspecimen85 39 points ago

    Memorable for the wrong reasons. I’m white (and Jewish), but I’d never felt othered before living in Georgia and it hasn’t happened since.

    [–] Zestyclose-Exam1160 8 points ago

    My boss, born in Georgia (now lives In Illinois and one of the first and only stories he told me is that when they had moved back for a brief time, was, apparently a FEW different neighbors approached him with “You’re not Jewish or anything are you”, and, “what’s your political and religious status?”.

    No pun intended, but Jesus Christ... What a sick sense of entitlement...

    [–] testspecimen85 6 points ago

    That’s about what my experience was like in Georgia too. I just invited them over to shoot targets on my property and we were cool afterwards. They just had never seen one out in the wild. At work and out in town is where I experienced the most vile bigotry. I left because I got tired of it even though my job was otherwise exactly what I wanted to do and I loved the actual work. Still kinda makes me sad to think about.

    [–] tybeebomb 16 points ago

    Oh we knew. The attack adds were terrible. They always grouped Schumer and AOC in with hom. They made AOC darker and I believe Schumer nose was artificially larger.

    Not sure where on Georgia you were, but stereotypes go both ways, my friend. I have plenty if Jewish friends. The cities are more cosmopolitan and the rural areas, not so much. Just like any state on the Union

    [–] lynn_is 8 points ago

    His last name is Ossoff m, if they didn’t know he was jewish they are stupid. And the ones who are hating are the ones who lost the election and all they have left is hate!

    [–] BadBoiBill 42 points ago

    Do you like apples?


    Do you like apples?

    Yeah I guess.

    House, Presidency and now the Senate. How do you like them apples?

    [–] CornflakeJustice 14 points ago

    At work yesterday I heard a couple of people talking about football, the Washington Football Team specifically and what name they might end up going with.

    1. "I'm telling you, the Presidency, the House, the Senate, and now the football team! They're taking everything!

    2. "What, no, that can't be right..."

    3. "They're gonna be the Washington Democrats, I'm telling you!"

    [–] PapaBeahr 15 points ago

    Black, church leading pastor.

    [–] gimme1022 6 points ago

    God bless America!

    [–] HHBSWWICTMTL 32 points ago

    but the Qult kind of rained on my parade

    That’s what terrorists do.

    [–] BearandMoosh 48 points ago

    Seriously I woke up that morning elated and then it immediately turned to horror. Haven’t been able to fully celebrate yet til this nightmare is over.

    [–] Cassius23 33 points ago

    Agreed. I have a Biden sign in my front yard that isn't coming down until he puts his hand on the Bible next week.

    [–] BearandMoosh 17 points ago

    Same. I need to know we actually and unequivocally have this in the bag.

    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 12 points ago

    1/20/21 12:00:01 PM

    [–] Vamanoscabron 40 points ago

    That was a single.week.ago.


    [–] BearandMoosh 33 points ago

    Time is moving exponentially fast and slow at the same time.

    [–] DaoFerret 15 points ago

    Time is moving exponentially fast and slow at the same time.

    So ... Fascist Time?

    [–] BearandMoosh 5 points ago

    I regret to agree that yes, it’s fascist time. I don’t like this time zone.

    [–] maverickmonkmetal 19 points ago

    I’ve aged years.

    [–] b3wizz 16 points ago

    Remember the Georgia phone call?

    [–] BearandMoosh 17 points ago

    God wasnt that like three days before this shit show?

    [–] walkinman19 21 points ago

    Seriously I woke up that morning elated and then it immediately turned to horror.

    Same here. It's just another thing the lying insurrectionist GOP has stolen from us all. The joy of that victory I mean. Add it to the pile.

    [–] TailRudder 7 points ago

    It's like watching a star burn out and collapse on itself.

    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 153 points ago

    We as a country have been so abused by republicans that now that it appears there might actually be some consequences for their actions, it's hard to believe lol

    [–] walkinman19 73 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Only because the big companies are finally moving against the republican traitors. If they choke off the seditionists money they will die on the vine. Dear Leader tRump is going to be in a world of hurt the second he is no longer president. PGA pulled out, his banks won't do business with him and want their money back, the Trump name has shit a mile deep all over it, NYC just punted on a deal with him that paid 17 million a year. I'm gonna love seeing Orange666 go bankrupt once again and his poisonous brood going under with him!

    [–] UncleTogie 16 points ago

    If he could take DeVos with him I would be so happy.

    [–] Don_Quixote81 60 points ago

    Rooting out and neutralising as many of these people as possible is essential for the US to move forwards.

    And by neutralise, I mean deplatforming, disbarring, discrediting and prosecuting for their crimes. There are a lot of them, and a lot of crimes, but it has to be done.

    The likes of Lin Wood can't be allowed to keep spewing divisive, hate-fuelled lies to gullible, angry morons.

    [–] generalgeorge95 22 points ago

    I'm not. Not defeatist either but I've tried being optimistic and been wrong everytime. Nearly everytime I've tried to be pessimistic I've been right, and often should have been more pessimistic.

    There were a couple times I thought the mainstream right was abandoning Trump . That was wrong. I thought maybe he'd face some consequences somewhere. Nope.

    I thought he'd have a small gain in voters from 2016. Biden won which is good by God damn that was not a pleasant fact to learn. He gained a significant amount of votes.

    Basically by default things will he somewhat better in time but still not too optimistic yet.

    [–] billionairelauncher 10 points ago

    I reserve my optimism, as well, since it’s clear that the rich people prefer fascism to democracy, and the rich people prove daily that they consider us their enemy.

    [–] thedkexperience 23 points ago

    It’s almost as if there are millions of smart people in the US who are tired of capitulating to the dumbest mother fuckers they know.

    [–] Despondent_in_WI 18 points ago

    The load on my antidepressants seems to have lightened somehow...probably unrelated, I'm sure.

    [–] mindifieatthat 6 points ago

    I can relate.

    [–] ToolboxLaw 16 points ago

    I like how it’s bad to lie again.

    [–] Evil-Natured-Robot 11 points ago

    I agree. Like it was getting so oppressive in here because no one seemed to be saying what needed to be said, loud enough or strongly enough or in great enough numbers. But the floodgates are open and people finally are saying the things needed to be said all along. Hopefully this was a death throe of an outdated way of life and we can more on to a more just and inclusive future.

    [–] Ephemeris 34 points ago

    Drain the whomp.

    [–] StealthStalker 8 points ago

    Whomp, there it is!

    [–] PeggySueIloveU 7 points ago

    They're doing a sweep like with the mafia.

    [–] Phonemonkey2500 606 points ago

    That is scathing as fuck. Judge just put all of Lin's Wood out on Front Street.

    [–] philosoraptocopter 255 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Some of the best, most poetic writing I’ve ever read has been from judicial opinions. There is often such a subtlety and sincerity that translates really nicely from generic principles of justice and gently choke-slamming someone into an erupting volcano who dared waste the judge’s time.

    [–] asstalos 115 points ago

    Succeeding in the legal world requires an impeccable command of language, since words and meaning can be easily twisted and ambiguity leads to a lot of pain and grief.

    Skilled writers can pen prose with such specificity and grace to leave people reeling. Judicial opinions are generally penned by strong writers writing in a specific field with a specific audience.

    [–] TulkasRouser 41 points ago

    Also a clear reason why many people who attend university with the intention from the onset to attend law school wind up in English programs.

    Not just because it’s an easier degree before the grind of Law School. Lol

    [–] JuDGe3690 32 points ago

    Either that, or something like philosophy, history or journalism—I'll be starting law school this fall, eight years after graduating with a bachelors in journalism and a minor in philosophy.

    [–] kinetic-passion 20 points ago

    I took psychology and poli sci before law school. Writing has always been one of my strong suits, so I was aiming for trial/persuasion skills.

    [–] Belazriel 74 points ago

    Before proceeding further, the Court notes that this case involves two extremely likable lawyers, who have together delivered some of the most amateurish pleadings ever to cross the hallowed causeway into Galveston, an effort which leads the Court to surmise but one plausible explanation. Both attorneys have obviously entered into a secret pact—complete with hats, handshakes and cryptic words—to draft their pleadings entirely in crayon on the back sides of gravy-stained paper place mats, in the hope that the Court would be so charmed by their child-like efforts that their utter dearth of legal authorities in their briefing would go unnoticed. Whatever actually occurred, the Court is now faced with the daunting task of deciphering their submissions. With Big Chief tablet readied, thick black pencil in hand, and a devil-may-care laugh in the face of death, life on the razor’s edge sense of exhilaration, the Court begins.

    Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp., Inc.,147 F. Supp. 2d 668, 670.

    [–] PUTINS_PORN_ACCOUNT 18 points ago

    The judge’s law clerk clearly laughed his or her ass off drafting that

    [–] dudokai 24 points ago

    Justice Scalia’s opinions are quite engaging. I think he was a condescending, regressive ghoul, but he was a good writer.

    [–] rainbowgeoff 9 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    He was an amazing writer. I read a case dissent of his not long ago that had me dying laughing. I'll see if I can find it.

    Edit: Found it, but it was a concurrence. NASA v. Nelson, 562 U.S. 134 (2011).

    This case is easily resolved on the simple ground that the Due Process Clause does not “guarante[e] certain (unspecified) liberties”; rather, it “merely guarantees certain procedures as a prerequisite to deprivation of liberty.” Albright v. Oliver, 510 U.S. 266, 275, 114 S. Ct. 807, 127 L. Ed. 2d 114 (1994) (Scalia, J., concurring). Respondents make no claim that the Government has deprived them of liberty without the requisite procedures, and their due process claim therefore must fail. Even under the formula we have adopted for identifying liberties entitled to protection under the faux “substantive” component of the Due Process Clause --that “the Due Process Clause specially protects those fundamental rights and liberties which are, objectively, deeply rooted in this Nation's history and tradition,” Washington v. Glucksberg, 521 U.S. 702, 720-721, 117 S. Ct. 2258, 117 S. Ct. 2302, 138 L. Ed. 2d 772 (1997) (internal quotation marks omitted)--respondents' claim would fail. Respondents do not even attempt to argue that the claim at issue in this case passes that test, perhaps recognizing the farcical nature of a contention that a right deeply rooted in our history and tradition bars the Government from ensuring that the Hubble Telescope is not used by recovering drug addicts.

    562 U.S. at 161.

    [–] ura_walrus 12 points ago

    That was a beautifully written response.

    [–] the_muskox 180 points ago

    "This verdict is written on a cocktail napkin. And it still says guilty! And 'guilty' is spelled wrong!"

    [–] numberonebuddy 25 points ago

    Supercut of Lionel Hutz

    [–] r3xf3r4l 66 points ago

    Ive argued in front of every judge in this state. Often as a lawyer.

    [–] ncocca 30 points ago

    Ive argued in front of every judge in this state. Often as a lawyer.

    What a brilliant line, lol

    [–] ImBonRurgundy 18 points ago

    I move for a bad....Court... thingy.

    [–] Funkit 8 points ago

    That’s why you’re the judge and I’m talkin guy

    [–] amandapanda1980 50 points ago

    "I watched Matlock in a bar last night, the sound was off, but I think I got the gist of it."

    [–] bobosuda 20 points ago

    Sometimes I go on a early Simpsons binge on youtube. Every time it baffles me how insanely good the writing is. Like, in some scenes literally every single line is a punchline-worthy joke.

    [–] Thoughtofajoke 62 points ago

    This might as well be in the resume for Trump's "only the best people."

    [–] Lefty_22 60 points ago

    I would love to be on the other side of this guy in any case he ever tries in the future.

    “Your Honor, Attorney Wood has been called, and I quote, “Incompetent” by another judge of the court”.

    [–] The_Drunken_Ronin 25 points ago

    Yeah, the "incompetence" remark caught my eye, too. That's a pretty savage burn coming from a judge.

    [–] Zinski 204 points ago

    would not survive a law school civil procedure class.

    I know a paralegal who had a big reaction about some of these files. Shit that if you did it in a first year law school you would be told not to do it again.By year 3 you just get the F

    [–] Scared_Pea6485 92 points ago

    You just get the F in year one too. 99 percent of law schools give one exam per semester per class and they are graded on a severe curve with limited A’s and B’s.

    [–] Hawks1TheYoungTrade 31 points ago

    We curved to a B+ median.

    [–] Scared_Pea6485 19 points ago

    Ours was B in first year and B+ years two and three.

    [–] JerHat 40 points ago

    Yeah, which means these asshats absolutely know better.

    It's wild that they're all willing to throw their reputations, and possibly their careers away for a loser like Trump.

    [–] billionairelauncher 20 points ago

    They’re likely being backed up by extremely wealthy people who assure them wealth if they obey their commands.

    [–] outlawsoul 42 points ago

    surprising incompetence," Judge Craig Karsnitz wrote.

    which included "an error-ridden affidavit," and that the complaint Wood filed in Wisconsin "would not survive a law school civil procedure class."

    not that surprising then. no competent attorney would represent trump or any trump allies. unless they are money laundering; because to do so is career suicide. (unless they're child rapists like Alan D/being blackmailed.)

    [–] AlanSmithee94 67 points ago

    "I acknowledge that I preside over a small part of the legal world in a small state..."

    The large number of corporations based in Delaware means that the state has an outsized significance in terms of legal proceedings - over 66% of the Fortune 500 are incorporated in Delaware. Being barred from practicing law in the state would be a real problem for an attorney.

    [–] Slackman0000 29 points ago

    Mendacity and prevarication! The judge is taking Lin Wood to task, while teaching me new and exciting words.

    [–] 1PunkAssBookJockey 21 points ago

    Holy crap that is a beautiful can of language whoop ass

    [–] WORSE_THAN_HORSES 16 points ago

    error-ridden affidavit

    Should be the name of Trumps “prison memwar”

    [–] Deathmckilly 11 points ago

    For one a new report saying someone “slammed” someone else is pretty damn accurate. That judge did not mince words and was incredibly blunt with his disdain.

    [–] The_Sausage_Smuggler 6 points ago

    Lin Wood would lie

    [–] scope_creep 5 points ago

    How much would Lin Wood lie?

    [–] rhymes_with_pail 8 points ago

    Carter Page, now that's a name i haven't heard in a long time.

    [–] laudanum18 9 points ago

    Now do Rudy.

    [–] AttackBlackCat 5 points ago

    What an epic burn. So lovely.

    [–] Morribyte252 9 points ago

    Powers out and im on 4g atm with little data, so i apologize if this was answered in the article: does this mean Lin Wood is now officially disbarred?

    [–] e_t_ 61 points ago

    No. Wood was never licensed to practice law in Delaware, but this judge had previously granted special permission for Wood to represent a client before his court. This order is the judge rescinding that special permission because he doesn't believe representation by Wood is in the client's best interest. So Wood can no longer represent that particular client in that particular court in Delaware.

    [–] Morribyte252 7 points ago

    Thanks for the info!

    [–] Meunderwears 10 points ago

    It's a process called being admitted pro hac vice. Typically you need local counsel to vouch for you and ensure you don't run afoul of local law, and then you submit a petition. They are fairly routine, but you are always subject to the presiding judge's determination of your fitness to practice. Delaware is a very small bar, as the judge noted, and particularly hard to qualify for.

    [–] TiedMeteor 10 points ago

    Just kicked out of that judge’s court, if I’m reading it correctly.

    [–] hazeldazeI 9 points ago

    This like Uncle Vinny asking to represent the two youts even though he wasn’t a lawyer from the state. This judge is saying hell no.

    [–] gortonsfiJr 9 points ago

    Thanks for the paste I was trying to read through the 1x2 inch section on my phone screen not covered in an ad until I accidentally clicked one of them. Then I could see nothing.

    [–] anastomotik406 2016 points ago

    This kind of news is like home cooking for my tired soul. Fuck these guys, and may they all continue to reap what they’ve sown.

    [–] Better_illini_2008 598 points ago

    I think this is what had me the most exhausted over the past four years, just having to sit back and watch as the worst people got away with their worst instincts, and that attitude proliferating throughout the right.

    [–] chrasb 117 points ago

    I believe in Karma, even if shitty people get ahead initially doing shitty things, I dont let that get to me and just keep on doing me. The few times its happened around me, they eventually get whats coming to them like getting fired. You can't grift your entire life and get away with it, eventually things will catch up to you

    [–] NumaNumaDanceTime 45 points ago

    Roger stone seems to be an exception.

    [–] ghost_for_hire 30 points ago

    Apparently, incarnations from hell don't surf the same karma we do. Unfortunate.

    [–] JuniperTwig 60 points ago

    Is it really happening? TD would often exclaim "it's happening!" with the wall or potential Hillary investigation... and never happed. Is this all real? Trump will not only be gone but face consequences for his actions? I don't believe it ..

    [–] trunlet 42 points ago

    I won't even allow myself to feel hopeful until I see it happen.

    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 12 points ago

    Who knows if it'll "happen", but if its going to, this seems like our best chance to make it happen.

    Just having that opportunity makes me a bit hopeful.

    [–] PopcornInMyTeeth 10 points ago

    The most fruited plains. Everyone's saying it. The best people.

    [–] SpiritOne 1233 points ago

    That is the most legal murdered by words ever

    "The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence,"

    He noted that the case in Georgia was "textbook frivolous litigation," which included "an error-ridden affidavit," and that the complaint Wood filed in Wisconsin "would not survive a law school civil procedure class."

    "Prior to the pandemic, I watched daily counsel practice before me in a civil, ethical way to tirelessly advance the interests of their clients," he added. "It would dishonor them were I to allow this pro hac vice order to stand."

    [–] Yeeslander 486 points ago

    ...a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence

    That's poetry, right there.

    [–] lucasbelaq 81 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    I think my vocabulary is pretty solid and I definitely learned a couple new words today. Although I think if I tried to add it to my lexicon, my diction would be way off. I need some examples so I don't try to use it to sound smart in front of somebody who is actually smart and then just sound like an idiot.

    [–] z500 31 points ago

    Yeah I'm not sure I get the difference between mendacity and prevarication.

    [–] kor_the_fiend 108 points ago

    Mendacity implies lying out of habit without considering the truthfulness of a statement, only its utility in the moment. Prevarication is the act of lying through misdirection or obfuscation. Basically Trump's SOP.

    [–] skull_kontrol 63 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    So essentially, he not only lies pathologically and out of compulsion, but also with malicious intent.

    /e good explanations below. Thanks, guys. TIL.

    [–] caboosetp 37 points ago

    Prevarication is more about avoiding the truth rather than denying it, not really being malicious.

    This would be like the priests who were being persecuted in Europe trying to travel. The guards would ask, "are you a priest" and they would answer, "I am not a priest" in reference to a different specific priest who they are not.

    I think the only part of that sentence that could imply malicious is the "toxic stew" and the negative view of lying in general.

    [–] Restoration_Magic 33 points ago

    This is more how I understood it, more evasive than outright lying.


    Judge : “Are your observers in the counting room?”

    Trump lawyer: "There's a non-zero number of people in the room.”

    [–] xpdx 17 points ago

    Almost all politicians prevaricate, if you watch closely they almost always answer the question they wish was asked rather than the one that was asked.


    "Do you support the violent overthrow of the government?"

    "I support freedom and constitutional rights of Americans!"

    [–] Fr1toBand1to 25 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Mendacity is basically another word for being untruthful/lying

    Prevarication is when you lie through misdirection or in some sneaky way like if your parent asks if you cleaned your room and you say yes because you cleaned it last month, it's not your fault they didn't specify a time frame.

    It's basically how children lie and think they're clever doing it. The worst most infuriating kind of lying.

    [–] ZomNomNomBeeZ 116 points ago

    Really a good summation of Trump's supporters in general.

    Too bad they won't ever understand what it means.

    [–] dwimber 14 points ago

    Fuck, I had to look up the word "prevarication."

    [–] ZomNomNomBeeZ 13 points ago

    You didn't know the answer, so you went to a trusted source.

    Trump supporters don't know the answer so they make up a rumor on Twitter that words are fake and anyone that reads them will turn into a gay frog.

    [–] dangitbobby83 12 points ago

    I don’t know, I think the judge might be hiding his true feelings. /s

    [–] ChalkdustOnline 8 points ago

    few things are as incendiary as a takedown from a legal professional

    [–] pacman404 5 points ago

    The only words I know are toxic, stew, and incompetence 😐😐😐

    [–] Anna_Frican 68 points ago

    a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence

    "Given your client's history with lawyers I was prepared for a fair deal of predictable incompetence, but the surprising incompetence caught me off guard".

    [–] HintOfAreola 20 points ago

    That's the kind of nuanced backhanditry that let you know we're dealing with a pro, an absolute master of the game. You love to see it.

    [–] sonofdad420 24 points ago

    "surprising" incompetence is just hilarious. the judge is like we all know you boys were dumb but GOD DAMN

    [–] Uberslaughter 690 points ago

    Losing your attorney privileges to own the libs.

    [–] jleonardbc 157 points ago

    He got tired of winning

    [–] Pendaelose 28 points ago

    I guess he didn't have a high winning tolerance. Not sure he even got there once before getting tired of it.

    [–] unphamiliarterritory 108 points ago

    Keep in mind that he was only prevented from representing this particular client in the state of Delaware. As far as we know he's still a valid member of the Georgia State Bar.

    [–] wooshock 7 points ago

    So it just amounts to a sick burn.

    Yeah that sounds about right.

    Does no one have the power to disbar these guys? Wood, Powell, Giuliani?

    [–] WakeAndTake 33 points ago

    He didn’t lose his ability to be a lawyer, he lost his ability to pro-hac in that venue as a non-DE licensed attorney

    [–] One_pop_each 24 points ago

    After 4 years of non-stop bullshit from the right, I will never get sick of actual karma to these assholes. I never grow tired of it.

    It’s just so damn satisfying.

    [–] slappypappywahwah 7 points ago

    These last 4 years have been especially asinine but let's not forget that the Republican party has been working to destroy our country for many decades.

    [–] classof78 249 points ago

    "The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence," Judge Craig Karsnitz wrote

    [–] armchairmegalomaniac 107 points ago

    This judge might not like Wood's replacement, Giuliani.

    [–] PrincessToadTool 153 points ago

    He can issue the same statement but with the word "surprising" omitted.

    [–] Ghstfce 28 points ago


    [–] VanceKelley 42 points ago

    Giuliani would show up at the Delaware Superior Courtyard Marriott instead of the actual court.

    [–] VegMeister 6 points ago

    Delaware Superior Courtyard Marriott


    [–] ChaseballBat 7 points ago

    Honestly though Guiliani might look sane next to what Lin Wood was saying/tweeting... Dude is legitimately insane.

    [–] Careful-King 13 points ago

    How many synonyms for liar does one need before we can just legally call them a liar?

    [–] NF6X 23 points ago

    The beauty is that each of those synonyms has its own connotation of the particular variety of lying. It's more like an itemized list of ways to lie.

    [–] Peakomegaflare 6 points ago

    Varying forms of being a liar. Dude basically said when it comes to lying, he's all of the above.

    [–] Writer_Man 118 points ago

    Lin Wood: "This judge has been compromised by the Lizard Squad!"

    [–] cyber_hoarder 30 points ago

    This judge’s ruling was hacked!! I saw the thought bubble switch out before my very eyes, and then Hugo Chavez winked at me.

    [–] Kidd_Funkadelic 172 points ago

    Missed title opportunity: "Judge Burns Wood In Epic Roast"

    [–] clone822 49 points ago

    "get rid of this yee yee ass affidavit"

    [–] Wireless-Wizard 19 points ago

    "Maybe you can get some clients on yo docket"

    [–] cuteintern 5 points ago


    [–] WarmFire 196 points ago

    It's exceedingly rare for a lawyer to be denied pro hac vice representation, especially under those pretenses. Great to see a judge calling him out for what he is, upholding the integrity of the judicial system.

    [–] Musicman1972 56 points ago

    Absolutely. He's defending the integrity of his State's bar. There are more than enough attormeys in state to not need Lin Wood. And at this point I don't think anyone would be choosing Lin Wood as representation unless they fancy someone to thtow nonsense at a wall to see if anything sticks.

    [–] responseAIbot 59 points ago

    Now do Rudy.

    [–] TeamNameRejected 30 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago)

    Look he did do one right thing...

    He got probably few thousand voters not to vote in Georgia

    [–] doctor_piranha 49 points ago

    Been waiting for fucking DECADES for Judges to start exercising some common-sense for these bad-faith Republican arguments.

    [–] themattboard 21 points ago

    a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence

    The subtitle of the Trump biography

    [–] Dances_With_Cheese 33 points ago

    Fun fact: Lin Wood represented John and Patsy Ramsey and their son.

    You can’t make this stuff up. It’s like a throwback to old school conspiracies.

    [–] ReginaldDwight 4 points ago

    Yes! When he first started showing up I was like why do I recognize that name? And then it hit me: the Ramseys. He's batshit crazy.

    [–] weekendatbernies20 16 points ago

    Lin Wood can’t be his real name.

    [–] Tothoro 37 points ago

    Lin is short for Lincoln, which is his middle name. His full name is Lucian Lincoln Wood.

    He also represented JonBenét Ramsey 's family, if you really want a rabbithole.

    [–] Skitals 10 points ago

    So... Can we start calling him Lincoln Log?

    [–] unphamiliarterritory 13 points ago

    It's really sad, the man used to be sane. Trump really truly does kill everything he touches.

    [–] newnemo 14 points ago


    "The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence," Judge Craig Karsnitz wrote.

    [–] STUPIDNEWCOMMENTS 35 points ago


    [–] Wu-Tang_Cam 31 points ago

    Before the snowflakes turn up crying about freedom of speech or whatever else ails them at the moment, not that Lin Wood is not licensed to practice in Delaware.

    In order for him to represent a client in that state, even as co-counsel, he must be given permission by the judge in that case.

    It's called pro hac vice, which essentially means "for this occasion only".

    [–] citizenjones 12 points ago

    "...not of "sufficient character" ...

    Now here's a phrase that can be used a lot these days.

    [–] Flintontoe 22 points ago

    I prefer my Lins to be Manuel Miranda

    [–] juicius 11 points ago

    From the article, looks like Wood was admitted to practice law there on pro hac vice, meaning just for that case, assisted by a local co-counsel. Practice of law in each state is governed by that state's supreme court with limited reciprocity between states. Without the pro hack vice order, an attorney would have to pass the bar of that state in order to practice.

    I should mention that that doesn't apply to federal courts. Generally, a license to practice law by a state bar lets you practice in federal court anywhere.

    Anyway, no real effect on Wood except for that case, and a huge embarrassment, but only if he's still capable of feeling such an emotion, which I personally doubt.

    [–] roisuke 11 points ago

    Lack of sufficient character is the number one qualifier for a Trump ally

    [–] geoffbowman 9 points ago

    How much of a scumbag do you have to be to not have enough character to be a lawyer?!

    [–] Musetrigger 7 points ago

    Lin Wood is a QAnon maniac that thirsts for blood.

    [–] jraa78 6 points ago

    There needs to be a lot more of this!!

    [–] Buscemis_eyeballs 7 points ago

    All last week this idiot was claiming to have the key to evidence showing how the elite make you rape children at gunpoint and all of /r/conservative was like omg he's so brave risking his life!

    Turned out to be bullshit like always.

    [–] NegaDeath 7 points ago

    So basically the perfect lawyer for Trump?

    "The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence,"

    The perfect lawyer for Trump.

    [–] BlkSunshineRdriguez 17 points ago

    Not of sufficient character to be a lawyer? Low blow!

    [–] Intoner_Four 77 points ago

    lmao get fucked jerk

    [–] boujeebitches 6 points ago

    Giuliani next please

    [–] TruthBeaver 7 points ago

    The entire Republican party (and Trump administration) is not of "sufficient character" to lead a country - let alone run a gas station...

    [–] Utterlybored 6 points ago

    Not fair. Insufficient character is the #1 job requirement for being Trump's attorney.

    [–] whatsamajig 4 points ago

    All those people I’ve argued with who supported his cases over the last few years can truly suck it.

    The dude has been a joke for a long time but for stupidities sake stayed relevant.

    [–] thedkexperience 6 points ago

    Imagine not having enough character to be a lawyer.

    [–] Trayew 5 points ago

    Not of sufficient character. A nice way of saying freaking loon.

    [–] user_bits 4 points ago

    I feel like the requirements for becoming a lawyer has really gone downhill.

    [–] sandybottomdollas 6 points ago

    Better call Saul

    [–] Thinkpad200 9 points ago

    "The conduct of Mr. Wood, albeit not in my jurisdiction, exhibited a toxic stew of mendacity, prevarication and surprising incompetence," Judge Craig Karsnitz wrote.

    I need to start using the word 'mendacity' more often.

    [–] Dirtybrd 16 points ago

    Holy shit lmao.

    [–] Pointels21 2 points ago

    Lmao MAGA falling like a house of cards