Teh Squeaky Wheel
Is Wall Cat related to Ceiling Cat?
Spending waaay too much time on JimCo-related carp again this week; there are a few homeowners at two different HOAs we worked at last year who would be greatly improved by meeting Mr. Louisville Slugger.
It’s unfortunate the pawthetic joke of a “legal system” in SoCal doesn’t give a rodent’s keister about attempted insurance scams. Or clear-cut slander, libel and tortious interference.
Good morning, Fatwa -- happy middle of the week, GN.
Sorry, Fatwa, that you are still in customer service hell -- have the number of incidents of customer dissatisfaction/scams increased over the years?
I think what’s going on re JimCo is that last year, we had a higher than usual number of large HOA jobs which, coupled with Covid craziness, has led to us dealing with a record number of pus-bags.
More homeowners = more shitheads. (There’s a reason that several of our competitors over the years have entirely stopped servicing HOAs.)
My father refused to do work for attorneys or doctors for similar reasons.
JimCo is also, ah, very discriminating re bidding work from those practicing either profession.
Happy Keep the Cat Out of the Way Wednesday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!
Fatwa -- I’m sorry your going through even moar of that B.S. with homeowners, and doubly sorry regarding the state of California’s legal system. It seems judges like to make things up as they go along.
When we were a victim of a scam lawsuit seventeen years ago, Jim was served improperly (at JimCo’s P.O. box) and six months late.
The rat bastard judge was perfectly okay with that.
We learned a lot from that experience.
Hey Gerbil Nation!
Had another look at the two trees when I finished the Big Route. Tree #1 looks Dead, but I’ve seen such dead looking trees sprout a branch from the base before after a few weeks, so who knows. If that happens, you just wait a bit for the lone branch to grow and then cut off everything else.
Tree #2 looks like it will survive. It has buds; they appear to be growing. a bit, or at least they are not dead.
Hey, dv8 --
Hope Harper’s migraine is better today.
We’re pulling for tree #1!!1!
Also Harper is resting after her treatment. She tried to go with me on the big route last night, but she had a migraine and wasn’t quite up to it.
I’ve been working on learning how to create “Follower” mods in Skyrim. Just a thing I’ve wanted to figure out for a while. I’m in pretty much the nascent stages of it. I’m playing around with the various editing tools, but they are all quite vast and there is quite a lot to learn, so I’m not sure how fast my skills will advance in that area.
Hope Miss Harper’s migraine is better now.
What he said. I can’t imagine what that must be like.
Also minor annoyances:
The time card machine at work is always “off” and makes a weird mistake on Mondays, for some reason. I’m not sure why. I’ve tried a few different methods of “tricking” it to work properly. I have one more idea before I give up and just become resigned to the fact that I have to add the Monday shift in manually each pay period.
Hi dv8 (and Harper!)!
Good luck with the time clock, the Skyrim mods, and the trees!
Chauvin’s defense had a better day today with a good medical expert on the stand all day pushing the opinion that no one can definitively say what killed Floyd. He held up good under cross examination, which was quite a change from the use of force expert that testified yesterday. The attorney blogging this live over at Legal Insurrection also made an interesting point that I’ll quote in full as it shows the uphill battle Chauvin’s single attorney is fighting.
Another interesting mention in yesterday’s “housekeeping” meeting with Judge Cahill came up in the context of the number of disclosures and exhibits that have been dumped on the defense in this case—a large chunk of which have been dumped on the defense even as the trial was taking place.
As background, there are always materials collected by the parties that ought to be shared with the opposing counsel as part of discovery.
Under Minnesota procedure, each item is labeled with what’s called a Bates stamp, a unique identifying number, and then a bunch of these are collected together and delivered as a “disclosure.”
Ideally, by the time a trial actually starts both sides will have long since received the other’s disclosure items, early enough to have time to consider and research them before the trial begins.
That has not been the process in this trial, particularly with respect of state disclosures to the defense.
When this trial began, the state had already delivered to the defense 41 disclosures consisting of 45,118 Bates stamped items.
If that sound like a lot, that’s because it is.
But the disclosures of the state did not stop there, as one would normally expect. Indeed, not even close.
Since the start of the trial—in other words, while the sole defense attorney Nelson has been occupied the entirety of every day in trial on this case—the state has continued to deliver disclosures to the defense, each containing a great many Bates stamped items.
Indeed, since the start of the trial the state has made 12 additional disclosures to the defense, consisting of 5,154 additional Bates stamped items.
Yes, that’s 5,154.
Yesterday was the 12th day of this trial. That works out to the defense having to review newly delivered Bates stamped items at an average of 430 per day.
That’s 430 newly delivered Bates items per day.
That, folks, is not normal.
The defense raised this issue yesterday afternoon in the context of anticipated cross-examination of defense experts by the state today.
Much of the most recently delivered discovery consists of materials that could be, certainly will be, used in an attempt to impeach those defense experts.
Given the delivery of this discovery so late in the course of the trial, and the volume of the material, the defense is asking the court to order the prosecution to disclose in some detail exactly which of those newly disclosed exhibits it actually intends to use to impeach.
The judge asked the prosecution to do so, to the extent they reasonably could, which strikes me as completely ineffectual solution to this real problem for the defense.
I expect the real reason the defense raised this issue on the record was, well, to establish it as an issue on the record for purposes of appeal.
thanks for these updates! you are my only source for news on this trial. I just wanted to say that I appreciate the work you have been doing reporting this here, so we all can get the gist of what is going on.