Law grad sues Orlando lawyer Cheney M...

Law grad sues Orlando lawyer Cheney Mason for $1M in murder-cas...

There are 149 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 23, 2009, titled Law grad sues Orlando lawyer Cheney Mason for $1M in murder-cas.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Prominent Orlando attorney Cheney Mason was confident his client couldn't have gunned down four people in the time prosecutors said he did.

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Merrill

Lake Monroe, FL

#69 Jun 24, 2009
I think a reasonable court decision is to look into what it cost the guy to attempt to prove him wrong and reward him something above that.

What if I said "I'll give you a billion dollars if you can prove 1+1=2." On TV or not, I don't think that is a contract I would need to fulfill. Maybe a court could force me to pay you $20 for the hour it took you to write a formal proof. But no more.

In this case, maybe award him $20,000 plus court costs, but not $1,000,000.
Siouxsie

United States

#70 Jun 24, 2009
I really hate lawyers like Mason. That's why I can't pratice law. They are worse than slime. They are flesh-eating bacteria.
Will

Orlando, FL

#71 Jun 24, 2009
Nice. Even as a lawyer and a defender of Mr. Mason, I can understand that some might enjoy that his loose use of words is making him squirm some. That doesn't mean I think he should have to pay $1m, or that the plaintiff in this case is anything other than a clown, but getting hoisted by your own petard, can certainly be seen as fair comeuppance, I am sure.
Steve wrote:
I've been a LEO for 30 years. I think its hysterical that a defense attorney is trying to defend a statement he made by explaining that he didn't mean what he said. Defense attorneys historically have twisted the words of police officers in an effort to discredit them. How does it feel Cheney?
Siouxsie

United States

#72 Jun 24, 2009
*practice
Siouxsie

United States

#73 Jun 24, 2009
ooooook wrote:
Lawsuit fails b/c it won't pass summary judgment. It is a contracts issue, and all the elements of an unilateral contracts will come into play. The problem is that Cheney made the statement during a documentary; he did not make a sales pitch, bet, wager or dare - even if some dipshut heard it that way.
His expression rights cannot be chilled because some Texas wacko(shows you the kind of lawyer you get from these third tier toilet law schools) was unable to understand that Cheney was expressing his belief in his client's innocence.
Thus, there is no offer to form a unilateral contract. Cheney believed that the Government was trying hard to prove the timeline and expressed his belief that they would fail. Some commentators would have us create drafts of what we would say in public just to make sure some dolt doesn't take what was said as a contract.
Are you saying that all lawyers practicing in Texas went to third-tier law schools? Don't you think that's an assumption that is likely to make an assss of you?

Because of your simple-mindedness, I am going to have to discount anything else that might ooze from your brain. Idiot.
Chris

Orlando, FL

#74 Jun 24, 2009
Greg wrote:
<quoted text>
Come on, Chris. Pay up. Don't make me sue you.
Look, damn it, you got lucky. Brothers should forgive and forget. I can't help that you are $300K in the hole with loans now. That $1 is not going to help. For Christ's sake, just tone down your lifestyle! Quit living the good life in Chicago and maybe move back in with mom and dad for a year to get on the right track again financially.
Will

Orlando, FL

#75 Jun 24, 2009
Well, you aren't quite right either. The law in question here is commonly referred to as the Statute of Frauds, but there are other Florida statutes on point as well. While some contracts that can be performed within one year are exceptions to the requirement that contracts be in writing, there are certain types of contracts that are unenforceable even if they can be performed within that time frame. See link below.

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm...
Perkins wrote:
<quoted text>
Wrong, verbal contracts that are capable of performance within one year are enforceable in FL.
Cheney is going to have to pay.
Siouxsie

United States

#76 Jun 24, 2009
ooooook wrote:
<quoted text>
The Court may let this by a simple motion to dismiss, anything is possible. But "plain language" does not mean anyone can construe what is said as an offer.
Legally speaking, Cheney was not making anyone an offer, even if it clearly sounded that way to any individual. The reason is that for the statement to be construed as an offer on a unilateral contract, you need to consider the circumstances. Here, the circumstances show that it was expression - not a legally binding offer. BTW, there is no reasonable person standard when the issue is whether an offer was communicated. JIC you were wondering.
Still, the plaintiff had his minute of fame. Maybe well worth his expenses and maybe he is not a dolt after all.
Im not an attorney, but i did stay at a holiday inn.
law students like you are dangerous-- to themselves. just enough knowledge to blow up the bridge (nevermind that they're traveling across that bridge at the time).

Since: Apr 08

NY

#77 Jun 24, 2009
Guess what? If it was up to me, I'd make the idiot lawyer pay the million. You opened your mouth, it's time to pay the piper!

“Be yourself and be teachable”

Since: Jan 07

Kapa'a, HI

#78 Jun 24, 2009
Sir wrote:
<quoted text>
Go back and read your law books. Rewards offered for lost puppies, wanted criminals, and in this case, are not gifts. A gift is something of value given to another with no expectation of consideration. Perhaps you should stay in the shallow end with the other kids.
This was in reference to VERBAL not written - go back and check the posts, SON. Er, I mean SIR.
fed up

Orlando, FL

#79 Jun 24, 2009
Steve wrote:
I've been a LEO for 30 years. I think its hysterical that a defense attorney is trying to defend a statement he made by explaining that he didn't mean what he said. Defense attorneys historically have twisted the words of police officers in an effort to discredit them. How does it feel Cheney?
I would say this is the best response here!

Not being a lawyer but just one of those people that could get put on a jury I would say guilty and pay it all, including costs.
I don't agree with the stupid cases where people sue for hurting themselves (putting the RV on cruise control and going back to get yourself coffee, or putting hot coffe between your legs while driving for some examples) but this attorney wanted to make part of his case on national TV and knew what he said was being watched (by some stupid people) and taped. I hope he learns when to shut his mouth in the future.
Should Pay

Ocala, FL

#80 Jun 24, 2009
He made an offer, while working in defense of his client. I think the courts should look at it in this light... "whould he have used the findings of this law student if the student had found the evidence to be in FAVOR of his client and therefore gotten him off?". I am pretty sure he would have.... And if so- he should pay up.

“American Against Fascism”

Since: Apr 08

Central Florida

#81 Jun 24, 2009
Seems to me there are a heck of a lot of losers out there who are jealous that he makes a lot of money.
ooooook

Lady Lake, FL

#82 Jun 24, 2009
Siouxsie wrote:
<quoted text>
law students like you are dangerous-- to themselves. just enough knowledge to blow up the bridge (nevermind that they're traveling across that bridge at the time).
I touched a nerve with this FSU grad :)
Scary

Miami, FL

#83 Jun 24, 2009
D'oh!
August

Miami, FL

#84 Jun 24, 2009
Another stupid lawsuit. At least this attorney is going after one of his own.

Since: Mar 07

Orlando, FL

#85 Jun 24, 2009
So if Mason loses this case we should all take the same trip. He did not say on Dateline "the first person gets a million..."

He said "anyone".
Orlando Native

Orlando, FL

#86 Jun 24, 2009
Cheney is an arrogant ass. I hope the kid wins.
Laughing at you

United States

#87 Jun 24, 2009
Steve wrote:
I've been a LEO for 30 years. I think its hysterical that a defense attorney is trying to defend a statement he made by explaining that he didn't mean what he said. Defense attorneys historically have twisted the words of police officers in an effort to discredit them. How does it feel Cheney?
That made me smile! Now get back to work copper.
Captain Jim

United States

#88 Jun 24, 2009
Merrill wrote:
"I'll give you a billion dollars if you can prove 1+1=2."
AH HA!!! I'm calling my attorney right now!

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