UPDATE: On March 13, 2012 Leo Donofrio made it official and retired his blog saying:
After long consideration and discussion with my family, I am saying goodbye to this blog and the law. I am retiring my law license and will be concentrating on making films, and writing music.
Here is my prediction from November 18, 2011, which I have re-blogged on March 14, 2012. Thanks to Patrick Colliano, from Orly’s World FaceBook Page for bringing this to my attention. What follows is the original blog:
Well, it seems that Leo Donofrio, Esq., aka The Paraclete, has given up the ghost!!! After unrelenting pressure from The Birther Think Tank slamming his goofy and idiotic characterization and interpretation of the 1875 Minor v. Happersett case, he has changed up his website to where he will only accept comments from attorneys who use their real name.
Legally, this is known as constructive resignation. He isn’t going to give an Official Resignation Letter, he is just not going to show up for work anymore except for maybe 1 or 2 hours per week to check his email. Here is part of what he said, and a link to his Internet Article:
I put my name and professional reputation on everything I post at this blog. From now on, if you want to post here, you must be licensed to practice law. State your real name and the jurisdiction(s) you are licensed in. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The national dialogue on the legal issues discussed here has often become juvenile at best and intentionally misleading at worst. If you tried to argue on a bar examination – or law school final – that the US Supreme Court in Ex Part Lockwood did not acknowledge Minor v. Happersett as a precedent on the definition of federal citizenship, you would fail. Yet, all over the blogosphere anonymous propaganda pushing blatant falsehoods is rampant. “NOT UP IN HERE!”
The practical effect of all this is to chase the two-citizen parent Birthers yahoos from the website. There are few attorneys who buy into the two citizen-parent Vattel nonsense, and probably even less who are willing to come out of the Birther Closet and admit it. My guess is that you would get more cross-dressing attorneys to show up in a bustier with stiletto heels than will show up and raise their hands and confess to believing it takes two citizen parents to be President.
Cross dressing is merely kinky, while admitting to Birther Legal Fantasies is like publicly admitting to being very stupid. The first may get you some new clients, and a date for Friday night, while the latter only draws pro bono clients who will call you 500 times per week to check exactly when Obama’s is getting frog-marched out of the White House and, to see if they can watch.
Donofrio is even changing his shtick from Imaginary Legal Theories 101 – Two Citizen-Parents to Intermediate Stupid Legal Theories 201 – Citizen Presentments to a Grand Jury. It appears that Mr. Donofrio knows his audience well, thus saying verily unto them:
This does not mean that you may form your own grand jury lynch mobs.
Of course it doesn’t, but I suspect Mr. Donofrio is making a side investment in rope and pitchfork manufacturers just in case.
At any rate, it is good that Mr. Donofrio has taken the criticism leveled at him by The Birther Think Tank to heart. His nickname, The Paraclete, is a term which commonly refers to the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. (Yes, that is a pun in the Image caption above.) In my opinion Poltergeist comes closer to describing Donofrio.
Well, when there’s something strange, in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? . . . . Squeeky!
Note 1: Shtick. Wiki says:
A shtick (Yiddish: שטיק) (or schtick) is a comic theme or gimmick. “Shtick” is derived from the Yiddish word shtik (שטיק), meaning “piece”; the closely related German word Stück has the same meaning. The English word “piece” itself is also sometimes used in a similar context. Another variant is “bits of business” or just “bits”; comic mannerisms such as Laurel and Hardy’s fiddling with their ties, or one of them looking into the camera shaking his head while the other one would ramble on. A shtick can also refer to an adopted persona, usually for comedy performances, that is maintained consistently (though not necessarily exclusively) across the performer’s career.
In common usage, the word shtick has also come to mean any talent, style, habit, or other eccentricity for which a person is particularly well-known, even if not intended for comedic purposes. For example, a person who is known locally for his or her ability to eat dozens of hot dogs quickly might say that it was their shtick.
Among Orthodox Jews, “shtick” can also refer to wedding shtick, in which wedding guests entertain the bride and groom through dancing, costumes, juggling, and silliness.
There is certainly plenty of juggling and silliness going at Mr. Donofrio’s website.
Note 2: Poltergeist. Wiki says:
The word poltergeist comes from the German words poltern (“to make noise”) and Geist (“ghost”), and the term itself literally means “noisy ghost“. Most reports of poltergeist manifestations involve noises and destruction that have no immediate or verifiable cause. Poltergeist activity has often been believed to be the work of malicious ghosts. According to Alan Kardec, the founder of Spiritism, poltergeists are manifestations of disembodied spirits of low level, belonging to the sixth class of the third order. They are believed to be closely associated with the elements (fire, air, water, earth).
Hmmm. Lets see. Fire plus air equals hot air. Water plus earth equals mud. Noisy. Malicious. Yeah, definitely Mr. Paraclete is a Poltergeist.
Note 3: Just for Fun: Wiki provides this report of a Poltergeist:
Lithobolia, or the Stone-Throwing Devil, is a pamphlet that records poltergeist activity that allegedly took place in the tavern of George and Alice Walton in 1682. Two copies of the pamphlet exist in the British Museum. The Waltons’ tavern was located in New Castle, New Hampsire, then known as the Great Island. Lithobolia was written by “R.C.,” one Richard Chamberlain, the secretary of the colony of New Hampshire. In 1666 Chamberlain was boarding at the Walton tavern and witnessed the attack. The pamphlet was later printed in London by Chamberlain in 1698. The opening reads:
“Lithobolia”, or stone throwing Devil. Being an Exact and True account (by way of Journal) of the various actions of infernal Spirits or (Devils Incarnate) Witches or both: and the great Disturbance and Amazement they gave to George Walton’s family at a place called Great Island in the county of New Hampshire in New England, chiefly in throwing about (by an Invisible hand) Stones, Bricks, and Brick-Bats of all sizes, with several other things, as Hammers, Mauls, Iron-Crows, Spits, and other Utensils, as came into their Hellish minds, and this for space of a quarter of a year.”
I wonder if it is too late for a Grand Jury on this???