Fellow Catallaxy Files exile Steve from Brisbane has had his Opinion Dominion blog linked by
Patty Villanova said...Steyn thus joins such noted legal minds as Fort Hood gunman Nidal Malik Hasan, DC sniper John Allen Muhammad, 9/11 plotter Zacarias Moussaoui, cult leader Charles Manson, serial killer Ted Bundy and Jack "Dr Death" Kevorkian in representing himself in American courts. Things didn't turn out so good for those guys. Like Moussaoui, Steyn doesn't care about procedures and process and just wants his day in court, so he's given up on preventing the case going to trial.
If you will read the motion that Mark Steyn recently submitted to the court on his own behalf, you will readily see the reason he dumped his lawyers- he is by far a more brilliant writer than anyone on his team. His understanding of the legal principles and his ability to convey the essence of the case is worthy of any legal scholar. He doesn't need the attorneys, he's doing a better job on his own.
Steyn has a history of hating on lawyers, having once put the sword to the legal team behind a lost case of his friend Conrad Black. Like local clone Andrew Bolt in the infamous s18C case on articles published in News Corporation papers about so-called white-skinned Aboriginals, Steyn's current case has been complicated by the efforts of his employer National Review, which Steyn accuses of wasting half a million dollars of fiat currency already for no result. Unlike Bolt, if Steyn loses this case then he's going to be up a for a motzah. One wonders if his decision to ditch the silks is money related, in part. All Bolt had to put up with was a public humiliation; Mann could put Steyn out of business.
From one ranga to another: best of luck Mark, you're going to need it.