Professor Sebok thought Richard Neely was joking, too
If you've been reading this blog or Corpreform much, you've no doubt seen at least one comment thread in which Ted Frank has screamed at me about a quote by Richard Neely. The full back story is at Corpreform. Now it seems that someone else besides me has recognized Neely's claim that he was being ironic when he wrote his infamous quote.
That someone else is highly respected law professor Anthony Sebok:
Are we really sure that West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Richard Neely was joking when he wrote in his book, The Product Liability Mess, “As long as I am allowed to redistribute wealth from out-of-state companies to in-state plaintiffs, I shall continue to do so”? (Emphasis added.)
Source: FindLaw's Writ - Sebok: How and Why the Supreme Court of Rhode Island Made the Right Decision in the Multi-Billion-Dollar Rhode Island Lead Paint Case: Part Three in a Three Part Series on the Case
I debated posting this out of fear that Ted would pollute the comment threads with more vicious personal attacks against me and other irrelevant material. But then I realized censoring myself out of fear would be the blogging equivalent of "letting the terrorists win."
Hat tip to Walter at Overlawyered for the link.