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    You’re a “bottom feeding/scum sucking/loser lawyer”

    Date: 02.21.11 | by Judge Tom.

    Teenagers regularly make the news for cyberbullying their peers, teachers and school administrators. But it’s not just kids who engage in cruel, thoughtless posts.

    Following months of juvenile trash-talk between two Florida lawyers, the state supreme court called a halt to their behavior.  Nicholas F. Mooney, age 50, and Kurt D. Mitchell, age 36, opposed each other in a lawsuit involving Volkswagen of America.

    Florida Supreme Court

    The battle started when Mooney called Mitchell a jerk and referred to him as “junior.” Mitchell responded by calling his opponent an “old hack.” Their communications went downhill from there. Mooney made the “loser” comment in the title to this blog. Mitchell wrote back that he was looking online for a mental disability based on Mooney’s symptoms: “closely spaced eyes, dull blank stare, bulbous head, lying and inability to tell fiction from reality.”

    The war of words escalated to their wives and children. Both attorneys used the R-word in referring to each other, Mitchell’s wife and Mooney’s son. Mooney to Mitchell: “if the need to find the indications of “retardism” you seek, I suggest that you look into a mirror, then look at your wife – she has to be a retard to marry such a loser like you…Then check your children (if they are even yours…Better check the garbage man that comes by your trailer to make sure they do).”

    In December, 2010, the Florida Supreme Court suspended Mitchell for ten days and ordered him to take an anger management class. Mooney received a public reprimand and is required to attend a class on professionalism.

    Unrelated to their demeanor toward each other, the case was dismissed with prejudice, meaning it cannot be refiled.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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    • Tulsa Divorce Attorney Matt Ingham
      Tue, 19 Jul 2011 at 07:37

      Court room battles between two lawyers can be very contentious and occasionally the contentiousness becomes personal…sad to see these two professionals behaving in such a way, but it is easy to see how the contentiousness between them escalated to the point that it got out of control