Word reaches me that Dave Bicking, who sued former Civilian Review Authority Chair Donald Bellfield in a "fatally defective" lawsuit (click here for prior coverage, and also click here) is now proceeding pro se (as his own attorney) in the appeal.
The appeal at this point concerns attorney fees for the losing side which is, of course, NOT Donald Bellfield. The filing fees for this recent appeal were paid by a non-profit group associated with (alleged) police brutality issues in which Bicking is deeply involved; I do not have the exact name of the group as of this writing but will attempt to obtain it later. Bicking is involved with Communities United Against Police Brutality but I have not confirmed whether that is the group that paid the filing fee.
Admittedly, the PROBLEM here is when people call me first thing in the morning and spew information into my ear intertwined with a "scary dead cat that didn't actually exist in my doorway" story and then (when I didn't write any of this crap down) I have to ask myself, "Which (expletive) group was that paying the filing fee?"
Previously, Jill Clark was the attorney in this lawsuit so it's no surprise the lawsuit was "fatally defective" and no competent attorney (malpractice, cough cough) would have filed such a thing. Much more surprising is the fact that Clark...
...named Dave Bicking in her recent "Wisconsin filing" when she attempted to remove a number of cases to the Western District of Wisconsin's federal court, contrary to legal niceties like JURISDICTION.
But now I receive word Bicking is acting as his own attorney.
Right about now Clark must be asking, "Et tu, Dave Bicking?"
Bicking--an experienced community activist who should have been old enough and wise enough to know better--is one of a number of Clark clients who were led down the primrose path of loony litigation but now find themselves facing stiff fees for filing wrongheaded lawsuits that 999 out of 1000 practicing attorneys would have advised against; at least as far as the lawsuits were phrased and as far as the thin facts that were cited. Clark created an imaginary world where victory in these far-fetched lawsuits sounded possible and, like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, her clients followed her like deluded children. This overgrown man-child, Dave Bicking, was practically leading the parade right on Clark's shins, whirling and dancing to Clark's tune, quite a metaphorical sight it was due to his large girth and severe bearded visage, see photo above.
In rating a number of Clark clients who look like possibilities to file malpractice claims against Clark, Bicking was not previously looked at as a possibility by this blog. Now, in light of what appears the beginning of a break with Clark, this blog rates Bicking as one possible horse in the malpractice race.
I did a little digging recently and found an article that advised any attorney in Minnesota with a "full time practice" to carry ONE MILLION DOLLARS worth of "single claim" coverage.
Obviously, a million dollars falling into the hands of one of Clark's loony ex-clients could be quite a game-changing event in city politics, depending on the client. The wisest course of action would be to take all that money and move to a tropical country where you could live like a king off the interest and recover from your psychological wounds in pounding surf and perfumed island breezes. Unfortunately, "wise" is not the first word you think of when talking about a Clark client.
Actually, it's not ANY of the words associated with a Clark client.
What are some words that come to mind? Well, looking at Dave Bicking I'd have to go with "anti-police crazy," using crazy as a noun, not an adjective. The damn shame in all this is that Dave Bicking is actually a sincere and committed activist who has done some good things or, at least, things that helped his side in certain political struggles; things that showed a lot of guts and a lot of heart. But his failed association with Jill Clark squanders years of any credibility this man had and, actually, it's one of the reasons I recently quit the Green Party after being a member since about 2005.
Here is video I shot of Bicking in action a couple years ago.