In Uncategorized on 12/06/2018 at 10:36

It’s been five years and more since I first introduced the new-fledged US citizen who starred in essayist-raconteur Harry Golden’s tale, but in fairness to latecomers, here it is again.

“An immigrant finally attained citizenship. After the swearing-in, he stoutly refused to understand, much less speak, his native tongue. He spoke only broken, heavily-accented English. When his wife of many years addressed him in the language they had shared throughout their lives, he turned to his US-born and educated children and asked them “Vot did she set?” Whereupon his wife called down upon his head maledictions unknown even to scholars of their childhood language, but which connoisseurs hastened to extol as masterpieces of invective.”

Well, I’m sure Frederick G. Durham, Docket No. 26563-17S, filed 12/6/18, is too well-bred to utter even the smallest cry of dismay, when STJ Lewis (“Oh, sweet name”) Carluzzo requires him to show cause why STJ Lew shouldn’t grant “respondent’s oral motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution.” Order, at p. 1.

True, Fred was a no-show at last month’s trial calendar call in Philly. And maybe so Fred’s pre-trial show-and-tell was non-existent. And it may very well be that IRS’ counsel told the whole story with “the punctilio of an honor the most sensitive,” as a far more brilliant lawyer than I put it.

Still and all, how can anyone reply to an oral motion that s/he never heard, otherwise than by quoting the new citizen’s catchphrase?

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