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Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Authoritarians are gonna authoritarianReport

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Filing counter suits as a strategy to neutralize or gain leverage is common, but the use of this gambit here is questionable, especially if Amber Pack calls their bluff. It is doubtful a jury would have anything but contempt for the teachers, the school, or the board, if the matter ever reached deliberation.

    Given that a civil case only has to get across the 50-yard line (and given that WV is a “one party consent” state), this seems to be a very bad move indeed. In a courtroom where the defendant could argue (however poorly) “look, it’s a stressful job and anyway, I’m no longer employed”, that’s a recipe for a medium-sized judgment. In a courtroom where the defendant is arguing, effectively, “how dare you find this out?!?!”, that gambit is no longer possible and *THAT* is a recipe for a downright *HUGE* judgment.

    There are so very many broken things that need fixing.Report

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