Maybe it’s a throw-back to my childhood when I found the over-the-top histrionics of yesteryear’s grapplers and brawlers so hilariously fascinating. Who cared if it was all fake? Who would tell a 12-year old?
However, there’s nothing fake about what some members of the berobbed do to the clueless, rude, ill-prepared or the plain unlucky appearing in their courtrooms. Or that it’s not deserved when they can’t get out of their own way.
And I’m not just talking about the lawyers. Litigants may also find themselves facing the judicial wrath.
And it must also be acknowledged that sometimes the head-drops go the other way, as with the recently announced suspension of Putnam County Judge William “Chip” Watkins III.
What hastened Judge Watkins’ travails is ascertainable from the video clip below — viewer discretion advised.
Also see, for instance, Judge Martin McDonald’s “I’ll strangle you.”
A ‘Hall of Fame.’
All this said, then, it’s no surprise that I took particular delight in acquainting myself earlier this month with the artistic license of a Georgia personal injury lawyer by the name of Jamie Casino. I’ll be darned if Casino doesn’t like those spandex-wearing body-tossing rasslers as much as anyone!
An obviously enterprising fellow, he must surely warm the gasconading cockles of the hearts of other passionate lawyer advertisers — such as the many “Battling Hammers” — not the least being rapping Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley or of other notable quotable personal injury client hawking luminaries.
Still it has to be said here that for lawyers who see themselves as part of a noble profession — nay, who may be besotted with a self-image redolent of a rarefied priesthood, well those sacerdotal practitioners will always get their cassocks in a bunch over the audacious advertising antics of their earthier colleagues.
That’s too bad. After all, if there’s any justice in such matters, the commercially capering counselors ought to at least have their own ‘Hall of Fame’ if for nothing else, the entertainment value they bring to the public.
Photo Credits: Wrestling Match, May 1938, by Russell Lee (for the Farm Security Administration) at Wikipedia Commons, public domain; “Austin Aries performs a brainbuster on Mark Haskins during the Impact! taping on January 28, 2012 in Wembley, England.” by Ed Webster at Wikipedia Commons, via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic; “El Hijo De Santo vs Blue Demon Jr,” by danksy at Wikipedia Commons, via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.