Remember the classic scene in ‘Miracle on 34th Street’? The post office delivers all the undelivered Santa mail to the guy who claims he’s Santa. Well, it all ends up on the judge’s desk. As the judge says (paraphrasing) “If the United States Postal Service, a branch of the Federal Government considers this man to be Santa Claus, then this court agrees….”
Think of that while you read this paragraph from Bill Schmalfeldt in his response to John Hoge’s opposition to Bill’s request to avoid a trip to Maryland. Bill does not want to go to Maryland to appear at a hearing Sept 27th. John Hoge insists. Bill’s mad. I mean upset. You can tell because he’s used a lot of italics, adjectives and adverbs. Read the whole thing at Hogewash!
Here’s the thing.
I assume he has Parkinson’s Disease. He actually was treated for it at one time. I also assume that if you have such a disease, that you have current proof. At least you could get proof pretty easily.
I can get a note about my heart condition faxed to me in less than an day, without an office visit.
I’m not asking for Bill Schmalfeldt to prove he has Parkinson’s. On the other hand, if his physical condition is supposed to be a reason to not appear in person at the courthouse, maybe a note from an MD would be appropriate. Sending a photograph, and then pointing out his scars, and the red area of his cheek…that’s really not conclusive.
Twice Bill Schmalfeldt has made written requests about appearing in court by way of phone. That’s two opportunities to get a doctor’s note. He hasn’t.