- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Lawyer for losers

"David Boies hates losing at anything, be it a rec-room Ping-Pong match with Garry Shandling or late-night poker with takeover artist Carl Icahn and financier Leon Black… .

"[Since] a federal appeals court decisively rejected Boies's argument that Napster is an innocent bit of software enjoyed by pure-hearted music lovers, Boies is on an extremely rare losing streak precisely at the moment he's more famous and revered than ever.

"Boies retains the abiding affection of even his losing clients. 'David Boies is the real thing,' Al Gore says. 'He masters the most complex subjects at lightning speed and then communicates the essential points in completely clear and totally accessible language. He's a mighty good friend to have on top of that.

"Boies's best friend, lawyer James Fox Miller, maintains that Boies is untroubled by second thoughts about Florida. 'He doesn't dwell on anything,' Jimmy Miller says. 'And in a losing situation, the guy showed the world that he's the standard. His client lost. David didn't lose. He won. Big time.' "

Chris Smith, writing on "Boies Will Be Boies," in the Feb. 26 issue of New York

Pharisees and lawyers

"Jesus Christ, contrary to popular misconceptions, was not a soft-spoken, effeminate wimp. He boldly attacked hypocrisy and lawlessness with plain speech and hard-hitting condemnation.

"On one occasion, He said, 'Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! …'

"In the next verse, we find evidence that many lawyers had ascended to leading positions in society, much like today. Otherwise, they wouldn't have been offended by Christ's harsh criticism of the Pharisees. 'One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher, in saying this, you reproach us also." ' … Christ was unsympathetic. 'And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.' These legal scholars actually added to society's burden. In fact, the only burden they were interested in removing was their own… .

"The more we sin, the Bible says, the more we will try to circumvent the law. That is why, even in the midst of a lawyer boom in America, we are becoming increasingly lawless."

Stephen Flurry, writing on "The Rule of Lawyers," the December issue of the Philadelphia Trumpet

Lost hero

"Dale Earnhardt knew life wasn't fair. He said so seven years ago when he watched his best friend, Neil Bonnett, die after crashing his Chevrolet Lumina into the wall entering Turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway.

"The 47-year-old Bonnett was practicing for the 1994 Daytona 500, which was to have been his triumphant return from a serious wreck 3* years earlier at Darlington Raceway. 'The first couple of laps on the racetrack and he's gone, after getting his own car, his own deal,' Earnhardt said. 'Is that fair?'

"[Feb. 18], seconds before he would become only the fourth man to win the Daytona 500 as an owner as well as a driver, the 49-year-old Earnhardt died when he crashed his Chevrolet Monte Carlo into the wall entering Turn 4 at Daytona International Speedway.

"The coincidence was eerie, and the consequences dire. In losing Earnhardt, NASCAR didn't just lose the best driver stock-car racing had seen. It also lost its heart and soul, the one thing it had that no other sport could claim: a superstar the average blue-jean-wearing fan could identify with."

Mark Bechtell, writing on "Crushing," in the Feb. 26 issue of Sports Illustrated

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