Question: What do you call six lawyers up to their necks in sand?Take the case of James Hamilton, Attorney-at-Law and Prevaricator-for-Hire. Here is a letter he wrote to a friend of mine.
Answer: Not enough sand.
August 15, 1995
Mr. James R. Norman
60 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10011
Dear Mr. Norman:
This concerns your August 12, 1995 letter on Forbes letterhead to Margaret Kirsch Cohen of the Mellon Bank, which is attached. Please know that the allegations contained in the first paragraph of that letter are completely false [Jim noted, as did I in Part 17, that it appeared that Sheila Foster Anthony effected a wire transfer of about $286,000 from a branch of Mellon Bank to her sister-in-law Lisa Foster four days prior to Vince Foster's death]. Indeed, Mrs. Anthony, whose former government position you misdescribe [Jim referred to her as "Assistant U.S. Attorney" instead of "Assistant Attorney General"], never has maintained an account at a branch or affiliate of Mellon Bank and never has made a wire transfer of any amount to Lisa Foster.
Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Anthony are astonished and incensed that you would communicate such allegations to three prominent Congressmen without even giving me the opportunity to deny them, which I would have done most emphatically. What legitimate journalistic purpose did this serve? You and your magazine run a serious risk of litigation by publicizing untrue allegations about the Foster family.
Sincerely, James Hamilton Counsel for the Foster Family JH/cmb Attachment cc: The Honorable Newt Gingrich The Honorable James Leach The Honorable William F. Clinger Mr. Malcolm S. Forbes, Jr. President and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes Mr. James W. Michaels, Editor, Forbes Ms. Margaret Kirsh Cohen (all by telecopier)
For your information, I believe the evidence on this wire transfer is in the hands of Mr. Kenneth Starr, not to mention some of the politicians on your cc list.
You might want to find out what Lisa Foster did with that $286,000 (and change). You know--so you can get your denials ready.
By the way, Mr. Hamilton, were you aware that Sheila's husband Beryl Anthony, former Arkansas congressman who is now with the Washington office of the law firm of Winston & Strawn, has as a client Alltel Information Services (formerly Systematics)? In Part 2 of this series we saw that another lawyer, Charles O. Morgan, denied any connection between Vince Foster and Systematics.
So, Mr. Hamilton, why don't you go stand in the corner with Charles O. Morgan.
The dump truck with the sand will be along shortly.
[to be continued]