Some People Just Won’t Let a Bad Thing Die…

As 3SIB noted earlier today, the “Bama Boys” are at it again.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel and Tuscaloosa News are both reporting that Coach Phillip Fulmer was served with a deposition subpoena while attending the SEC Media Days in Birmingham earlier today by attorneys representing disgruntled ex-Alabama booster Wendell Smith in his defamation and libel suit against the NCAA. The deposition notice calls for Fulmer to appear for deposition on 25 September — two days before the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Auburn Tigers.

Click to view a PDF version of the Subpoena

Commenting on the subpoena, Coach Fulmer had this to say:

Needless to say, this is but one more in a long line of efforts by those implicated in the NCAA’s investigation into recruiting violations by the Alabama Crimson Tide. The subpoena was issued by the firm of Blankenship, Harrelson and Wollitz, LLC. A clerk with the firm who has been credited with serving the subpoena — Chris Linton — has been quoted as an attorney related to the case, despite the fact that he is not licensed to practice law, according to the information available from the Alabama State Bar (to that extent, if Mr. Linton hopes to one day be a lawyer, he better be careful — those bar examiners can be a beast when it comes to prior instances of the unauthorized practice of law…).

Considering that the Blankenship, Harrelson and Wollitz, LLC website includes a “Do I Have a Case” web form as well as a PayPal link (which is a new one for this lawyer), the firm appears … well … in the vein of many of the firms that routinely advertise on daytime television.

Have you been in an accident?  If so, then somebody, somewhere, owes you money!

Given the absolute refusal of some of the “hangers-on” at Alabama who were implicated in the NCAA’s investigation into recruiting violations to let the matter die, it seems likely that this story will continue on into the future. Unfortunately, the staff at both the University of Alabama and the University of Tennessee will have to continue living with these distractions, as will their fans…

…that is, until the lawyers realize they will never collect a dime, and decide their contingency fee agreement wasn’t such a good idea after all.

– Go Figure …Email lawvol

Subpoena Image Courtesy of: Knoxville News-SentinelVideo Courtesy of: Tuscaloosa News

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10 Responses to “Some People Just Won’t Let a Bad Thing Die…”

  • hooperNo Gravatar says:

    Get some popcorn ready. Given the shoddy handling of this by the attorneys so far, this one’s going to get quite interesting.

  • lawvolNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I have a feeling that Fulmer’s attorneys (who are quite capable and experienced) will come out guns-a-blazin’ in response to this.

    After all, since he got that sweet new raise, Fulmer can afford to pay his lawyer’s a little extra.

    Of course — though it’s less than sexy — if I were the one responding, I’d paper them to death. Hack lawyers hate having to actually put their arguments in writing and actually do some work, as opposed to grandstanding.

    (Note the jaded and cynical perspective which lacks any rational explanation or basis)

  • TideDruidNo Gravatar says:

    I’m tired of drama involving people from Tennessee. Whether it be Fulmer, Young, this new guy from Chattanooga suing the NCAA that I’ve never heard of, or that UT player he supposedly gave money to. I’m just tired of it all.

  • TideDruidNo Gravatar says:

    I should point out that I’m not blaming Tennessee for this, I’m just sick of having to re-live all the crap between our two states/programs over and over. Stupid crap happened on both sides, and I don’t care anymore.

  • lawvolNo Gravatar says:

    I’m with you on this. I don’t blame Bama or the vast majority of the Tide fans. In fact, I feel sorry for you all because the media is piling-on about the way this thing was done.

    This was the action of a guy who got Bama in trouble, and his half-baked legal team — not the University of Alabama. I thought all of this was behind us, but I guess that just isn’t the case.

    At some point, it would be nice — don’t you think — to just play football.

  • hooperNo Gravatar says:

    No hard feelings from me either. This whole thing is getting very, very old.

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