In their recent filing with the Alexandria Circuit Court, Bob Malm and Jeff Chiow informed the court in writing that I had lied on my former blog about having been admitted to practice law and being a former police officer, and that discovery would bear out their assertions.
Setting aside for a moment the logical fallacy of whether allegedly lying about these matters has any relation with the question of whether someone has made a statement that places a reasonable person in fear of imminent harm (the legal standard for a protective order), Bob and Jeff’s representations to the court were fabrications. Those statements were lies.
As such, this conduct violates several attorney ethics rules. Additionally, Jeff’s assertion that I have violated the protective order by virtue of criticizing his client is a violation of disciplinary rule 3.3, which in the relevant comments states: “Legal argument based on a knowingly false representation of law constitutes dishonesty toward the tribunal.” Nothing in the law, nor in the protective order, addresses criticism of his client. Nor can it do so, for the First Amendment remains the law of the land.
Apropos Jeff and Bob’s lie about my serving as a police officer, here is a 2007 photo of me at DC Pride, with one of the department’s field training officers, Loreann Grimes. The latter has since left law enforcement and, at last report, was working as a pastry chef. The original can be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/worleyx/538096104/sizes/l/
Regarding their lie about my having been admitted to practice law, those interested in seeing my Pennsylvania attorney ID, which reflects the fact I have retired, can find it here: https://www.padisciplinaryboard.org/for-the-public/find-attorney/attorney-detail/55971
The fact that neither St. Dysfunction’s rector, nor its attorney, feels any need to tell the truth, even in a court filing about a former member, tells you everything you need to know about this sad, dysfunctional, dying church.