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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Robert Falls*

It's been a few years since I graduated from our alma mater, so I hadn't noticed that Judge Bork has been walking with a limp of late. For anyone who was wondering the reason, now we know. Yesterday, Judge Bork filed a federal (S.D.N.Y.) lawsuit against the Yale Club for negligence. He is seeking $1 million in damages for injuries he sustained from a fall at the club last year. [Here's a PFD of the complaint]

Bork was at the Yale Club last June to speak at an event sponsored by The New Criterion. According to the suit, the club failed to provide steps and a handrail to climb onto the dais. The judge fell backward as he was attempting to climb the dais, striking his leg on the stage and his head on a heat register, the suit says.

Judge Bork suffered a large hematoma, or swelling of blood, in his lower left leg as a result of the fall and the hematoma eventually burst, according to the lawsuit. The injury required surgery and months of physical therapy, according to the complaint. He claims to have suffered "excruciating pain" and an ongoing limp as a result of the injury.

The lawsuit seeks $1 million in actual damages, as well as punitive damages. [Insert Austin Powers/Dr. Evil "one meeeeeeelion dollars!" joke here....]

For those readers who are not alumni and/or do not know Judge Bork: he taught at Yale Law School in the 1960s and 70s, before serving as acting Attorney General under President Nixon and a D.C. Circuit judge from 1982 to 1988. He is currently a fellow at the Hudson Institute and -- for at least two weeks a semester -- a professor at Ave Maria School of Law. "To bork" has also become a verb -- according to this story, it can be defined as "to destroy a judicial nominee through a concerted attack on his character, background and philosophy."

No word yet on whether the heat register had anything to do with Judge Bork's comment, published in a recent AMSL puff piece, that "[a]s the Law School relocates and matures, it will enhance its reputation as a school of real distinction." A recent head injury would go a long way towards explaining such a fallacious statement, though.

* Sorry folks...couldn't pass up this pun with the name of AMSL's inept PR agency.
h/t The Wall Street Journal