I'm not sure, but I get the impression that Boies earned his
reputation as a great lawyer, back in the day. The problem we have
understanding that is that we're mostly seeing him now, when he's gotten to the
point where he believes his own hype, and thinks he can do anything. Which is
clearly not the case.
For that matter, he probably comes about as close
as anyone could with these hopeless cases. If he were defending the downtrodden
and failing to win, we'd probably still admire him for his pluck and
determination. It's only because he keeps siding with such obvious bad guys
that he starts to come across as a bad guy himself.
Not that I'm
defending him. Anyone who seriously thought SCO's case was worth fighting is
clearly not quite right in the head. But at least he's mainly been agreeing to
attack those who can easily defend themselves, like IBM and Google. So it's not
like he's a sadist. He may well imagine himself to be some sort of modern-day
Don Quixote, tilting at windmills. And I can almost see it...
now I'm forced to remember that windmills have owners, who may be quite put out
to find that some deranged idiot has been smashing them up with a big stick. It
makes the Man of La Mancha a little less sympathetic when you think about it.
Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for it makes them
soggy and hard to light.
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