For those of you who need a shot of Rumpole to make it to 5PM:
A concerned reader asks:
RUMPOLE:WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO "JUDGE HERNANDEZ THE MOVIE"DID IT GO STRAIGHT TO DVD?
A PUZZLED READER QUERIES US:
Rumpole what does that name: Howardroark mean which is part of your e-mail ?
Howard Roark is indeed a fictional architect in the book The Fountainhead, which if you click on the Amazon.com logo on the left, you can order at a very reasonable price. You can also order the complete works of John Mortimer who wrote the Rumpole Of the Bailey novels, upon whom we have based our persona. For practitioners of the art and craft of trying cases, they are an excellent summer read.
Back to The Fountainhead. The book was written by Ayn Rand, who fled the Soviet gulag in the 1920's and came to The United States, where she developed a philosophy she called "Objectivism" based on certain principles of responsibility, truth, Aristotle’s A=A, with unrestratined capitalism as the political ideal. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan was one of her students. To illustrate the ideas of her philosophy, Rand created characters in novels that acted in a manner reflecting their philosophy, to show how philosophy affects everyday actions, and illustrate the ideals of her philosophy contrasted against what she saw as the
shortcomings of other philosophies. Rand believed in the greatness of the American ideal, but worried that the imposition of what she called "altruistic collectivist ethics" would destroy the promise of freedom and enterprise found in the ideas of the founding fathers.
The Fountainhead was Ayn Rand's first great success (but not her first novel) and probably her most well known book. She followed the Fountainhead by what she considered to be her Masterpiece: Atlas Shrugged. The Fountainhead has sold over 25 million copies and is (in my humble opinion) one of the most influential novels ever written.
As to “Judge Hernandez the Movie”, I applaud you for being one of the careful readers of the blog. Indeed we have written a treatment as it were. However, upon re- reading the Rules Of Professional Conduct, we were given to pause and consider whether, as a member of the bar, we can poke fun of a Judge in that manner. We have a post which will probably be up Tuesday in which we explain out dilemma (anyone ever hear of a DeLuna Dilemma in trial law? Bonus trivia question) and we seek the help of our dear and dedicated readers.