Monday, November 12, 2012

Waterkeepers Accuse Farmer Lawyers of Fouls

Tim Junkin, an attorney who is director of the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, said he filed a complaint with the Attorney Grievance Commission on Wednesday. In it, Junkin accuses Charles D. “Chip” MacLeod and the Funk & Bolton firm of spreading incorrect information and improperly recruiting clients.

The law firm, according to its website, has offices in Annapolis, Baltimore and Chestertown. “If they play fast and loose with the facts, they need to be held accountable,” Junkin said.
Lawyers play fast and loose with the facts?

Funk & Bolton was hired by Dorchester County’s commissioners to research ways to challenge Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs that could prove costly to local governments. Since then, Funk & Bolton attorneys have been traveling to county council and county commission meetings around the state, contending that counties should join Dorchester in a coalition.

One of their arguments is that pollution pouring through the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River at the top of the bay isn’t accurately accounted for in computer models. Therefore, they argue, local governments shouldn’t have to pay for sewage plant upgrades and other pollution projects until the issues with the dam are better addressed.
Funny, in our system, you were actually supposed to prove your case in court. Going after lawyers because they support the opposing team is, to use a bay related term, chicken shit.

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