Affidavit of Eric Werme, re. "The Magical Mystery List" [The WWW links below are obsolete, as mediaone.net has been replaced. Clicking on them will take you to the new pages, but the displayed links are what was printed in the original affidavit.]
I maintain the web site of http://people.ne.mediaone.net/werme/ of which Atty. Werme's site http://people.ne.mediaone.net/werme/law/ is a subset. Many pages at her site are copies of correspondence or her legal essays, however I write some of the "glue" that binds the pieces together. In the page on the Court Appointed Lawyer Process, http://people.ne.mediaone.net/werme/law/court_appointed.html, I wanted a short name for the list of lawyers she needed to join in order to be appointed in a case heard by Judge Taube. Atty. Werme was unable to determine if the list existed. Some people said it did, but others said it did not and I wasn't able to come up with a concise name that described its uncertain status.
Thinking further afield, I decided that "The Magical Mystery List" would be an easy and informal name. It was sufficiently disconnected to the list to leave open whether or not the list did exist, and the play on the Beatle's song would be sufficiently memorable so that readers would immediately learn to associate the name with the list.
While Atty. Werme had some misgivings about the name, she couldn't suggest a better one. Therefore the name remained on the page when I uploaded it to the server.
At the PCC hearing, Judge Taube offered a particular person to ask about the list. I expect she will produce the official name for the list and I will use that when I next update the page.
Apparently there is also concern about the phrase "shouldn't the court system want to appoint attorneys who will work hard for their clients?" in that it implies that the court appoints attorneys who do not work hard. That also was my writing and I can change that to something like "shouldn't the court system want to appoint an attorney a defendant has has a good relationship with, and whom will give the case all the attention it needs?" or other phrase Atty. Werme might suggest.
| Respectfully submitted,
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