Bill Schmalfeldt isn’t just a liar anymore.
He’s also a plagiarist and, as we’ve all believed for a long time, almost certainly a copyright thief. It was pretty ironic that his “Pontificator” blog post today railed against some anonymous schmo from Alpharetta who probably clicked the wrong mouse button when there was a real bad guy so close at hand.
As pretty much everyone who reads this knows, Mr. Schmalfeldt has sued in the federal district court in Wisconsin Sarah Palmer and Eric Johnson, who are represented by Aaron Walker. I’ve been helping Aaron from time to time as a paralegal, happily working under his excellent supervision. So today one of Bill’s filings showed up on PACER that struck an odd note as I looked at it.
No, it wasn’t the grotesque and cumbersome title. It was a paragraph- No. 15- in the motion that sounded really coherent and well written. “Aha!” thought I. He didn’t write that.
So who did?, I wondered. But not for long. A few keystrokes and the Internet showed me an article with a paragraph that was eerily similar.
Oh dear. Not just eerily similar- exactly the same. So do I think attorney Dan Tranen copied that paragraph from Bill Schmalfeldt’s filing somehow? Nope. Do I think Bill called up someone at Affinity Insurance Services, Inc. and received permission to use the paragraph in his filing? Are you kidding?
Bill Schmalfeldt found this article on the Internet while he was desperately looking for stuff to spiff up his motion and he figured nobody would ever be the wiser if he, err…stole it.
Well Bill- think again.
This will go to the addressees on Monday, the 21st, with a copy of the motion. Unless…
If Bill Schmalfeldt wants to comment in the thread that follows this post only- that is not general permission to post at Dave Alexander’s blog, Bill– and explain how this situation came to be, he is welcome to so long as he does not call names and sticks to the subject. He should please understand that this is not an invitation to disregard from this point forward the cease and desist letter that I wrote to him last fall. Rather, it is a limited chance to explain his side of the story to the extent that there is one. I want to be fair, and if he can show that his filing did not contain material that he plagiarized and which infringes on a clearly marked copyright, I will not send the letter and will announce an apology here for somehow misconstruing what he has done.
Bill Schmalfeldt has until 2:00 p.m. Alaska time (EST minus four hours) on the 21st to provide an explanation. We’ll see.
UPDATE: Well, we’re now inside of 24 hours. Cue the crickets…