A William & Mary law professor used legal “mumbo jumbo” to undermine the authority of the Kingsmill Community Services Association, accused the group’s lawyer in a letter delivered by police . The professor fires back, saying the tactic is a “bush-league attempt at intimidation.”
The battle of legal letters has erupted as residents of James City County’s tony Kingsmill development question control of their community association by the foreign-owned InBev corporation.
The law professor, Don Tortorice, challenged the legality of the community association in the midst of homeowners’ concern over outside control of the group. In response, according to the Virginia Gazette , KCSA sent armed police officers to serve a letter from lawyer Elizabeth White, asking Tortorice to retract his “slanderous” statements.
The newspaper offers a link to the letter from White and Tortorice’s response.
If the purpose of your attempt at intimidation was to cower me with the threat of litigation, please understand that I am now, or at any time, eager to lay the integrity of my principles against yours and to test the correctness of my reading and interpretation of the law against yours in any judicial court or the court of public opinion.
This will be one to watch.
By Peter Vieth