researching Mr. Greenfield, I came across a blog post where he referenced Fort Worth Attorney, Mimi Coffey, as a “slut” after watching a segment she gave on Fox News. Mimi Coffey is a very well-known DWI Defense attorney in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and evidently called Mr. Greenfield very upset, referencing how her kids had read his article, and she was furious that he was insuating that she was sexually promiscuous. http://blog.simplejustice.us/2008/08/05/mimi-coffey-asks-what-about-my-kids/
A direct excerpt from this article, written by Mr. Greenfield, is as follows:
he started out telling me she was Mimi Coffey and that I knew who she was. I didn't. As my mind raced trying unsuccessfully to figure out who Mimi Coffey could be, I listened as she told me that I probably didn't realize this, but children read my blawg, and those children turned out to be hers. She was calling because she was “from Texas, and us Texans talk straight,” she informed me. Them Texans also sound like Nancy Grace to this Yankee, which made it awfully hard not to laugh.
I point this out for two reasons. One, Mr. Greenfield, and many of the readers, took offense to how I told him, point blank, that we do things different in Texas. He, and many others, also took offense when I made reference to him as “Yankee.” Some even made titillating comments how I capitalized the word “Yankee.” I find this exceptionally hypocritical, given that Mr. Greenfield not only use the same capitalization, but even referenced himself as one. Yet, with my response, I was seen in a derogatory fashion. Hypocrisy?
Secondly, I also found this article insight, in that in some of the blog comments, Mr. Greenfield seemed to be steadfast in that there was nothing wrong with calling Mimi Coffey a “slut” – in that he meant she was promiscuous with the media, and he did not mean it with a sexual connotation. Really?
Mimi Coffey even threatened to sue him for slander, and in his blog post he corrected her in that the proper mode of a cause of action would be for libel – in that it was written content, and not spoken. I include this because my response was the exact same as that of Mimi Coffey. She felt like she had been mischaracterized, and as such, she lashed out at Mr. Greenfield for his unnerving cynisim. Simply put, I did the same.
Mimi Coffey's main concern was how her children might read how he called her a “slut” – and would draw conclusions that were simply untrue. When I read the exchange between Mimi Coffey and Mr. Greenfield, I couldn't help but identify with how outraged she was when she called.
As I stated previously, I immediately reacted when I first read what Mr. Greenfield said about me. Over a year later, I DO NOT REGRET WHAT I SAID TO HIM. What I would have done differently, however, was not immediately write a response with a knee jerk reaction.
I have a 2-year old son. I love him more than anything. I want nothing more than to teach him how to be a man. However, I know that I am not perfect. If I had the chance to react differently, I likely would have called Mr. Greenfield, instead of writing a response on my iphone when first reading it.
I may not have been raised right. People will probably critique my mindset here. But my initial response to Mr. Greenfield was that it is easy for him to sit behind a computer and critique someone – but it is another matter to do it to someone in person. I was taught to defend everything a person has. I am the son of a football coach. I was raised admiring Wyatt Earp, Clint Eastwood, the Rocky movies, etc. I get inspired watching movies where someone stands up to a bully. Where people do not show traits of cowardice. I was taught to protect my integrity.
I wear a bracelet on my wrist with the phrase “Come and Take It” – a reference to the Texas slogan used that initated the Texas Revolution. When I read what Mr. Greenfield wrote, when I reacted to the ultimatems given by Mark Bennett, and other bloggers like Ken White from Popehat.com – I felt like they were questioning my integrity, my honor, and what I hold most sacred of all – MY NAME. My heart fills with inspiration when I watch the scene from The Crucible” where John Proctor refuses to deliver the false signed document, stating: “Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life!” Please see clip here:
My response to him was one in that I was requesting that he have the audacity, the manhood, and/or the courage to say in person to my face the things that he wrote. It has been my experience that most cowards will not. When I responded, I was thinking of my son. John Proctor stated when he refused to give them his signed signature to hang on the church door, “I have three children-how may I teach them to walk like men in the world, and I sold my friends?” My father gave me my name. And his father before him. And I gave the same name to my son. I will protect my name without all that I have. And if someone writes someone, baseless, and without doing even a cursory investigation of the facts, I will respond accordingly. I stand by the essence of what I wrote then, and I do now – over one year later.
If Scott Greenfield, Mark Bennett, Ken White,or anyone else for that matter, would ever like to confront me in person, they know where to find me. I doubt they will – because it is easier to sit, hunched over a computer, writing critical remarks of others, and receiving what almost seems to be orgasmic pleasure, when just being able to write blog posts. Perhaps I am the only person to respond in such a direct manner. When my integrity is called into question, however, I wear the slogan “Come and Take It” for a reason – because I only ask those to do just that.
This is my response to everything written about me. I only point out the flaws of my critiquers because they were so pointed to do so at me. What I took the most offense to was how Mr. Greenfield did not even attempt to contact me by phone. My response was such that I tried to convey that I try to act as a conssumate professional with my practice. I am a gentleman in the courtroom. I have poured my heart and soul into my practice, and it panged me to have someone, who did not even know me, write such viteputive statements about me. I admire Ray Bass, Racehorse Haynes, and Percy Foreman very much. From what I have heard, they were all gentlemen in the courtroom, but tenacious in trial. I strive to be the same – and I think my actions in my practice reflect the same. Those that know me I would think would say that I am polite, respectful, and I strive to represent our profession with class. To this end, I wish I had responded in a less heated fashion, but the content of my response would have been the same – “COME AND TAKE IT.”