I was thinking about stupidity and the people that take pride in being stupid. No, I'm not going to go on some tirade about the lame duck local government that we have here in Sarnia. Heck, I'm not even going to "count the ways" in which the Sarnia Police demonstrate their collective low intelligence quotient. If you're expecting me to rant on and on about Blackburn Radio Inc. in this thread, I'm afraid you're in for a bit of a disappointment.
I'm talking about genuine stupidity. The kind of stupidity that you'd typically only find in cartoons and comic strips, the kind of stupidity that makes it difficult for an observer to decide whether he/she should laugh or cry. Let me explain:
In the spring of 2002, I hired a lawyer to represent me throughout a criminal prosecution that I was entirely innocent of. Anyway, without getting into too much detail, I want to say that this lawyer was hired through the Ontario Legal Aid program and that the entire criminal prosecution lasted about five months.
Okay, so you're wondering where the stupidity is, right? Bear with me; I'm getting to it.
Anyway, for the entire time that I stood trial for the allegations brought against me, I was denied bail and incarcerated. There's a whole lot of stupidity inthis part of the story. Man, is there ever a whole lot of stupidity in this part of the story. As a matter of fact, the level of stupidity that I witnessed in the little Canadian court located in Sarnia, Ontario, has caused me to totally lose faith in and respect for the Candian Court system. However, that's not the stupidity that this little rant is all about.
By the way, I spent five months in jail for this alleged crime just because I refused to plead guilty and demanded that I have my day in court. To make a long story short, my day in court cost me five months in jail and guilty conviction for a crime that I didn't commit. However, I'm not about to make a big stink about the stupidity of the judge that convicted me, the stupidity of the prosecutor that prosecuted me, the stupidity of the investigator that (allegedly) investigated me, or even the stupid imbecile that brought the allegations against me. No, instead, I'm going to talk about the stupidity of the lawyer that represented me.
My lawyer, ah yes, my lawyer... A couple of days ago I received a letter from Ontario Legal Aid, advising that my Legal Aid Certificate had reached the end of its three year lifespan and had expired. What does that mean? Simply put, it means that the lawyer that I had hired to represent me three years ago did not close the Legal Aid file. In other words, he did not bill legal aid for the services he had rendered.
Why would my lawyer not seek compensation for the services rendered over that five month period in 2002? Was it because he knew that I was innocent and his conscience was bothering him because he had helped railroad an innocent man?
Was it because I had filed formal complaints against him with the Law Society of Upper Canada?
Was it because somebody else had paid him off in exchange for his cooperation in railroading me?
Or was it just because he's stupid?
Hmmm, there's a lot of factors to be considered, but one thing is certain: I was railroaded! Okay, there are two things that are certain. The other is that the people that railroaded me are, most definitely, the stupidest people on the planet!!!