In re McCarty, 2013 VT 47
Cicero did not specify how long the proverbial sword hung by a thread of a single horse-hair over the head of Damocles, but it surely was not the nearly 12 years it took to resolve today’s case.
On the other hand, Damocles was just an obsequious courtier in ancient Syracuse who thought it would be fun to occupy the king’s throne, in all its sybaritic glory, regardless of what dangled overhead. In contrast, this is a disciplinary proceeding involving an attorney whose conduct of August 17, 2001 produced enduring misery for all involved.
The underlying events involved a landlord-tenant dispute. But regardless of the nature of the controversy, from a purely literary standpoint you know you are in for an unusually compelling read when a quick scan of an appellate opinion reveals this concise sentence: “Chaos ensued.”