RICHARD BALL: Beware of lawyer-style gobbledygook

To the editor,

I read with interest the two letters published Feb. 26. They are so contrasting, I feel that I must comment.

The first, by James Roberts, is a passionate declaration of his feelings about the current controversy regarding the appointment of a replacement for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

While many will disagree with his position, his argument is reasonably and lucidly presented.

To contrast, the second letter, by Attorney Ken Walz, is a masterpiece of obfuscation. (Mr. Walz attempts to validate his opinions by listing his credentials: LL.B, J.D., University of Michigan Law School.) 

Written in superb lawyer-style gobbledygook, he attempts to justify the arrest and jailing of a citizen on a public sidewalk in broad daylight peacefully passing out a leaflet to people entering a public building. (This leaflet, as I understand it, was not pornographic, did not advocate violence, etc.) 

 According to Walz, this is a no-no here in our Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.

This is “obstruction of justice and jury tampering,” he writes.

If a citizen cannot peacefully exercise his or her constitutional right of free speech in a public area, we are at a sad time in our great nation’s history. Do not be mislead by people such as Mr. Walz, who would “protect” us from information with which they do not agree.

We must always be vigilant, and resist efforts such as this to limit our constitutional right to free speech.

Richard Ball 

(and I cannot resist in adding B.A., M.A.,PhD, University of Florida, etc., etc.)

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