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Jonathan Wilson is an Atlanta attorney with more than 19 years of experience guiding growing private and public companies.  He currently serves as the outside general counsel of several companies and is the former general counsel of Web.com.com (NASDAQ: WWWW) and EasyLink Services (NASDAQ: ESIC).  He is also the founding chair of the Renewable Energy Committee of the American Bar Association's Public Utility Section.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

The Character of Eliot Spitzer
The Eliot Spitzer controversy involving a plot to smear a Republican state legislator in New York is heating up as Michael Goodwin opines:
Let me be blunt: I believe Eliot Spitzer not only knew about the scheme, I believe he approved it and maybe even ordered it. His denials Monday that he knew nothing ring as hollow as his earlier claim that "we have never asked the state police to do anything that wasn't standard operating procedure, nor would we." Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's report, despite its important findings, falls short. Spitzer's office says the governor was never questioned about the sordid plot against Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. And two of the four known participants in the plot refused to answer questions by the attorney general. They submitted only brief sworn statements that Cuomo said he disregarded. Given those lapses, the hasty conclusion that no laws were broken is troubling.
 
Two patterns suggest Spitzer was directly involved. First, volcanic anger at targets, followed by leaks to the media, both of which happened here, was standard operating procedure for Spitzer as attorney general. Virtually every Wall Street case he brought was first previewed in newspapers, often with evidence such as key e-mails released by anonymous sources. Notwithstanding that the evidence was often damning, the tactics were more thuggish than professional.
 
The second argument for Spitzer's involvement is that he is a micromanager. The notion that his A team - his chief of staff, his communications director, the deputy head of homeland security, the head of the state police - conspired to target the powerful Bruno without Spitzer's knowledge defies belief. Had the target been a minor critic from Podunk, maybe. But Bruno is Public Enemy No. 1 to Spitzer, and no way would underlings dare go after him without the governor's knowledge.
 
But we won't know the whole truth until a prosecutor summons the spine to find it. If the Albany district attorney won't, then a federal prosecutor must. Either way, we have to know what Spitzer knew and did. Only then can Albany return to its routine scandals.
8:16 am edt 

Harry Potter Missing Pages
Family friend, Leanne Greer, is quoted at length on MSNBC as one of a handful of Harry Potter fans who purchased a mis-print of HP7 with missing pages. 
Leanne Greer, 36, had gone on "lock down" no television, radio or Internet after buying her copy of "Deathly Hallows" at about 7 a.m. on Saturday. She said she finished reading page 306, then discovered the next 33 pages of the book were missing.
 
"I just kind of freaked out," said Greer, a Purdue University graduate with degrees in elementary education and English. "My husband said, 'Why are you screaming?' He said 'I thought one of the kids was hurt.'"
 
Luckily for Greer, she had a backup for her store-bought copy; she had ordered another copy online.
 
"I'm just that psychotic about it," she said.
8:10 am edt 

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Christian Slant on Harry Potter?
From the WSJ Op/Ed page: a view of HP7 that adopts a Christian perspective. 
 
J.K. Rowling's books, to my eyes, have adopted a view of good and evil that emphasizes conflict and individual choice.  Dumbledore, in particular, describes for Harry the difficulty of choosing "between what is right and what is easy."
 
I haven't finished HP7 yet myself, but it would be ironic in the extreme for the series to end with a C.S. Lewis-type conclusion when the first books in the series were noteworthy for the howls of protest they induced in some Christian conservatives.
8:01 am edt 

European Class Actions
More news on the potential for U.S.-style class action litigation in Europe: just what that continent needs to cure its high unemployment and low economic growth!
7:42 am edt 

Monday, July 2, 2007

Gordon Brown's On the Job Training
In his first week on the job as Britain's Prime Minister, Tony Blair's successor, Gordon Brown, had an initiation into the modern methods of fighting jihad:
Most Britons understand that terrorists wage war on them and their freedoms--and are not, per the fashionable left, voicing opposition to British policy in their own way. This weekend's plotters intended to kill partygoers at popular nightclubs in London's West End and school children departing Glasgow for summer holiday. These cities are thriving, cosmopolitan, tolerant and open--which is a main reason the Islamists want to bomb them.
 
On Thursday, his first full day in office, the Prime Minister sought to distance himself from just-retired Tony Blair's unpopular commitment to the "global war on terror" by unveiling a cabinet with prominent Blair critics. But Mr. Brown appears to be a quick study. Yesterday, in an interview with the BBC, he was nothing if not resolute: "We will not yield, we will not be intimidated, and we will not allow anyone to undermine our British way of life." Welcome to the fight.
7:29 am edt 


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Jonathan B. Wilson is an Atlanta attorney at the law firm of Taylor English Duma LLP.  Jonathan B. Wilson provides legal advice to investors, companies and business executives involving corporate law, securities law, SEC matters, intellectual property, website and Internet legal issues, start-ups, limited liability companies, partnerships, 1934 Act matters, outsourcing, strategic alliance agreements, contracts, and other matters of importance to growing private and publicly-traded companies.