[UPDATED] Gregory A. Diamond, OC State Senate Candidate, Went Postal in the Wee Hours of the Morning

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Diamond: California's most pathetic 2012 state senate candidate
[UPDATED at end of the article with additional, disturbing revelations about Mr. Diamond's mental health.]
Original post, Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Despite our sincere prodding to get Gregory A. Diamond to drop his jumbo Cheetos bag and fall off his sofa to do what he promised Orange County Democrats he would do--fight "like hell" to win his 29th state senate seat race, the unemployed union lawyer in Brea continues to spend every day of every pre-election week doing almost nothing but writing blog comments.

Diamond, who is 52 years old but made less than $1,999 in his unaccomplished solo legal practice last year, is--as we've documented--entirely incompetent as a candidate and political figure.


Like a rabid street dog that believes attention--even swift kicks to the noggin--equals love, Diamond thinks that he's scoring points with voters in California's 29th state senate district by writing comment after comment after comment that have nothing to do with the campaign.

For example, the Orange County Register wrote a Monday story that had nothing to do with Diamond's laughable campaign but he posted six comments on the article and tried to take credit for Occupy Irvine.

Know that with the campaign in its final weeks, Diamond--who claims he works with the law firm Jones Day but I've yet to see any evidence of his self-serving assertion--hasn't held even one, meaningful campaign event for himself in his alleged hope to defeat incumbent Republican Bob Huff.

He's even pathetically enlisted a foul-mouthed high school senior to send me F bomb loaded comments.

Classy!

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Cheetos: The only known way to lure Diamond away from pounding out inane blog comments
Diamond, who seems emotionally unstable, must believe that he's running against me.

For example, in the wee hours of the morning last night he frantically wrote five comments on a blog post I published six or seven days ago. 

Checkout the early morning times Diamond was obsessing about me:

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In fact, in just the last week alone he has written more than two dozen comments totaling more than a whopping 4,900 words--including calling me "brain dead" and "drooling"--on OC Weekly's website.

Impressive!

(Our ad reps thank you, Greg, for the relentless activity.)

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A alarming view of clueless campaigning
But is that really the conduct of a mature, reasonable individual who is asking voters to send him to Sacramento as a paid representative of the People?

UPDATE, Oct. 19: Need additional proof that Diamond is a tragic candidate and unstable person? This morning--instead of campaigning for votes, pretending again that he's a lawyer with Jones Day or trying to find a real job--the Democrat's 29th State Senate candidate was obsessed yet again with me.

On an article I wrote 16 days ago, he padded the 37 comments he and his allies already left with six more rants early today.

Undeniable evidence from my office email inbox:

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I guess Diamond can't figure out what to say to me in just one comment--or he's desperate to feel like he's harassing me.

In the last week alone, he has now left almost 5,300 words in comments on my articles. Such frantic, obsessive activity is explained by what he told his few political allies earlier this year. His main goal in politics, he said, is to try to make people who don't agree with him "miserable." 

By comparison, I don't read his rambling, uninformed blog musings and have never once left a comment for him there.

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Public Alert: Beware of the monsters hiding behind keyboards
I'm thinking about suggesting that the Orange County Democratic Party adopt "The Diamond Rule": Future wide-eyed, rookie candidates for state senate must successfully pass elementary psychiatric testing before they can get an official party endorsement.

(Update, Oct. 22: Diamond continued to ignore his alleged campaign to instead bombard me with hostile emails and comments over the weekend.)

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jasongarshfield
jasongarshfield

www.youtube.com/watch?v+DfzxyvayEoQ More high school senior obscenity for ya, Scotty.

seanhmill1
seanhmill1

 @rscottmoxley In addition to these comments he left here this morning he left another 31 comments on the FFFF blog today and countless others on the OJ blog.  He has an election just weeks away and he spends his day posting comments on blog sites.  Shouldn't he be out knocking on doors and asking for votes?

 

When will the DPOC strip him of their endorsement?  This is embarassing for the party. 

John
John

Moxley, what are you trying to prove? It's gotten kind of sad, on your part. You're not at your best when at a personal vendetta. These attacks on Greg are more than a little weird and don't fit into your reporting style. What's the purpose here? You look more petty than Greg with continual "updates." I used to be a fan, but this is just getting weird...

NOTAVICTIM
NOTAVICTIM

VICTIM ALERT! VICTIM ALERT!

 

Look for Diamond to start playing the Jewish victim. Then he'll say "He's doing the best he can. Eventually, he'll claim you are picking on his mail order bride, then close strong with more anti-semitism claims.

 

If he spent a FRACTION of the time, working, politicking, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

 

Greg is gross.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

Re the update: Yeah, I'm answering the wild and usually false accusations thrown at me by you and anonymous commenters here -- and I'm trying to do so in a reasonably adult way.  How shameful!

 

I'm also clarifying things like that I never claimed to be "a lawyer with Jones Day"; but only that I made a significant portion of my 2011 income from doing contact work for them.  I think that it's appropriate for me to set that record straight as many times as you lie about it.

 

I think that the problem we have here is that you're completely unused to anyone standing up to you and calling you on your lying -- and you have no idea how to respond in a tempered way.

 

There, now you can make fun of me for writing another 100 (or whatever) words in response.

Loney
Loney

With each day Greg looks and sounds more like Howard Kieffer each day, A dishonest democratic activist with a artificially inflated view of himself. Maybe we'll get lucky and Greg will go to prison or flee to Manila.

VoicePeople
VoicePeople

Even if I agreed with every one of his political opinions I could NEVER bring myself to vote for someone who so relentlessly exemplifies everything that is WRONG about blogging and the internet.

 

We already have too many narcissists in politics. 

KELLYWASKILLEDBYYOU
KELLYWASKILLEDBYYOU

You should see him going into the dems office every night. He lurks in there all creepy like and uses that office to write all of his garbage. Greg D is so gross in everyway.

seanhmill1
seanhmill1

Good stuff Mox!  The hits just keep coming.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

I resign, I cant read this anymore. The Great  R Scott Moxley one of the best journalists ive ever seen, Vern nelson a long time good friend and Greg, i dont really know very weel going at eachother like kids. Moxley, please find other things to abuse different than a local gadfly.

chezvern
chezvern

Greg - no.  No more comments here.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @John You haven't been paying attention or you are a partisan hack. Either way it doesn't matter to me. Greg Diamond is supposed to be campaigning seriously for the California State Senate and yet he does almost nothing but spend his days ignoring that race to leave obnoxious comments all over the OC blogoshere.

 

Bizarre? Unsettling? Sure.

 

Such conduct--for example, spending hours upon hours attacking a journalist in the middle of night while also claiming that that journalist is irrelevant--counts at a minimum among reasonable people as counterproductive for a politician who wants to represent the public in Sacramento.

 

I, of course, realize your anonymous comment is designed to work with Greg's prior threats to scare me into silent. Not gonna happen, "John." Informing the voters about a scumbag candidate should always be the priority of the free press.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @John Really, Mox isn't good on a vendetta? Tell that to Carona.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@OCPunk You nailed it. Under the guise of a legitimate state senate campaign, this Diamond guy is luring contributions from good people for himself--an unemployed Brea lawyer--and not disclosing to the public or the voters what he's doing with the money. Because Diamond is so oddly secretive, we can only guess that he's spending the contributions on culinary feasts for himself at Denny's or Arby's. Guy's gotta eat, right?

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond Nice try again, Greg. But the ugly truth is that your flurry of six rants this morning addressed comments that were 1. More than a week old and 2. Points you had ALREADY obsessively addressed 37 times. Around 2 am--yes, 2 am!!!--a few nights ago, you sent me five more, tired comments. You do this because you are a pathetic, unstable person and you have no clue how to run a campaign. That is why people reasonably consider your campaign the worse in the state of California this year. I feel so sorry for the few people you've tricked into contributing to your dismal effort. If you were honorable, you'd return every penny now and issue apologies for wasting everybody's time. Given your juvenile nature, that won't happen, will it?

gigi905
gigi905

@MarlenaC I think it's creepier that you know this, unless you made it up.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

First, I think that it's lousy of whoever wrote this to pretend to be Marlena Carrillo.  I may disagree with her in certain areas but she's always been polite to me and I respect the sincerity of her views.  It's wrong for cowards to hijack her identity for defamation that they down have the guts to put under their own names.

 

Second, I'm rarely in the Dem office at night; when I am it's usually for campaign-related events.  I write almost all of my stuff at home; the rest usually by phone.  So this is a flat-out lie -- and it's just indicative of how low my cowardly critics will stoop.

OCPunk
OCPunk

 @MarlenaC Sounds like something you'd see on NatGeo.   MarlenaC, how gross is he?   Does he stalk people too because I know he threatened to get someone IP address and make their life a living hell.  See what you brought on yourself,  Blogos Hog?

seanhmill1
seanhmill1

 @paullucas714

 But Paul it is so much fun to read and Mox is having a good time writing it...Let the good times roll.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @chezvern It's harder than you might think....  I'm trying to be the shepherd.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @chezvern OK, for the most part I'll just shake my head slowly at this.

 

I do want to clarify the thing about Jones Day, though, because I in no way represent them.  I did contract work for Jones Day on commercial litigation matters, through a legal staffing agency, most workdays from either August or September of 2010 through (if memory serves) mid-2011.  That's how I made a good portion of my income in 2011; I started my solo practice later (but Occupy got in the way of revving it up.).

 

I've never said that I currently work for Jones Day since I stopped doing contract work for them.  So this: "Diamond--who claims he works with the law firm Jones Day but I've yet to see any evidence of his self-serving assertion" is wrong and I'll once again go through the motion of asking for a retraction.

 

And, yeah, I went to bed early last night, woke up at 1, went to OC Weekly and noticed some comments I'd missed before., spending apparently about 20 minutes responding to them.  Will this story be in the print edition, I wonder?

 

Moxley's still getting the "fight like hell" quote wrong, too!  I'll try to go elsewhere to snicker now.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@chezvern Hi Vern: Does Greg obey you? I don't think he's capable of resisting his urges to opine on and on and on here! But I see your thinking: If he isn't writing 5,000 words in comments at the Weekly every few days, perhaps he could find something to do for his gasping state senate campaign.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  Wow.  Please let me know if you're seriously making that charge, Scott.  That would create a whole new ballgame here.  For the record: your charge is false and you've never even asked me for comment on it before publishing it..

OCPunk
OCPunk

 @rscottmoxley Speaking of which, my pizza just arrived.  A pizza that I am going to pay with money that I earned from a 40 hour a week job.  Not from campaign contributions taken from other people who I convinced that I am going to "fight like hell" for,

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@gregdiamond Oh, and FYI: In coming days, I will be specifically addressing your deceitful attempts to pad your accomplishments by embellishing your ties to Jones Day, a prominent law firm. Have you no shame, Greg?

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond Yes, Gregory A. Diamond:  You are so powerful and important that there is a widespread conspiracy among people who don't know each other to block you from getting your opinions out to the public.

 

Wait! Wait! Wait!

 

You frantically comment all over the OC blogosphere everyday dozens and dozens of times instead of campaigning for your non-existent state senate race against Republican Bob Huff.

 

Greg, AKA Blogos Hog, nobody is trying to stop you from commenting. Drool away on your overworked keyboard,. We're all just laughing about your shameless need to be important before you've done anything meaningful in OC.

 

You're 52, unemployed and a nobody. Yes, that must hurt. But try to get yourself together. Fall off your sofa, put some clothes on and do something that helps people!

 

What you are now is really embarrassing.

gigi905
gigi905

@GregDiamond Oh it's her. Just read her other posts on this site.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

 @GregDiamond  @chezvern  Two questions, did Jones Day mention a  "partnership" and does ketchup need to be refrigerated?

OCPunk
OCPunk

 @GregDiamond  Spare us the martyrdom, Diamond.  You brought this on yourself with your self-righteous chest thumping and bat shit comments on various threads on this site.  Not only should you make your State Senate race your last foray into politics,  you just need to go away before you make a bigger joke.  Now that I think about it,  you never fail to disappoint when it comes to showing us Weekly readers how much of a joke of a candidate and a human being that you are. 

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond @chezvern Shepherd? Geez, Greg. You? Damn, you really are inadvertently a comedian!

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond @chezvern Greg, when I asked you to describe any detail about what you insisted was your alleged brilliant legal career, you told me in writing that ALL DETAILS were top secret. After I wrote a profile about your pathetic, non-existent state senate campaign, you responded to that embarrassment by trying to bolster you empty credibility by claiming association with Jones Day, a respected firm--that, unlike you, doesn't work out of a rental in Brea. On the surface, your assertion certainly looked impressive, especially given that, in truth, you probably don't have a single ongoing client. Not counting the hundreds and hundreds of inane blog comments you excrete each month (thus winning the title "Blogos Hog"), you have no accomplishments. Your only feat has been to scream everyday, "Look! Look! Please look at me!" It's so sad. Do you think, Greg, that you will be rewarded for your cluelessness by the voters on Nov. 6?

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  @chezvern Vern's a smart, level-headed, kind and sincere guy.  I don't "obey" him, but I certainly do listen to and consider what he has to say.  Bye now!

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley No, Scott, the defamatory statement was way up above.  The line you quoted just above was what appeared to be your retraction of an allegation of corruption, which can be paraphrased as: "Could I be wrong about this?  Yes."  The only threat of legal action I've made is in response to that sole defamatory statement.  So long as you're not knowingly accusing me of false material actions (of which corruption would certainly be one), you're constitutionally entitled to do what you want.  Thanks for clarifying that what seemed like it might have been a retraction wasn't one.

 

P.S.  I'm not a labor union lawyer.  Never have been.  I represent individual plaintiffs.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond  @rscottmoxley Candidate/Blogger/Unemployed Lawyer Diamond:

 

You've highlighted this sentence as what you are hoping you can convince people is a libelous statement:

 

"Is it possible that you've done nothing illegal with the money you've lured from Dems? Yep."

 

You are a labor union lawyer and you have come to that laughable conclusion?

 

You are truly more whinny pathetic than previously imagined.

 

Again, angrily bark all you want.

 

The truth is that I believe you are a prolific liar and I know that you've GLOATED about being able to keep secret how you've spent campaign contributions.

 

If you had any sense of decency, you'd return all the contributions you've taken from well-meaning progressives who thought you'd be a serious candidate against Republican Bob Huff.

 

You talk tough and relish throwing around threats like the fifth rate lawyer you are, but your campaign for state senate has been one of the most inept efforts in modern history.

 

Did you really think your winning strategy was to do almost nothing but spend every day, every week, every month doing almost nothing but writing blog comments?

 

Your continual threats of retaliation in hopes of blocking me from informing the voters of California's 29th State Senate race about your lack of qualification and emotional instability to hold powerful public office will not work.

 

Residents have a right to know about the people--especially the scumbags--who seek to win a good paying, Sacramento legislative jobs where they can write laws that dominate the rest of us.

 

You, state senate candidate Greg, are such as scumbag.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley "Is it possible that you've done nothing illegal with the money you've lured from Dems? Yep."

 

If that's intended to be a retraction of your factual allegation of wrongdoing, please state it more plainly, without it being hidden in all of the excess verbiage and vitriol?  Your allegation was quite clear; your retraction should be no less clear.

 

I don't think that I've "won your silence" on my race -- nor have I sought to.  You're entitled to any damn fool opinion about the worthiness of my campaign that you can dream up; I may correct you on facts (although by now that seems mostly pointless), but I'm not going to try to stop you.  It's only when what you say actually defames me that I'll demand retractions and corrections.

 

I'll publish all of my campaign pitches to donors, and account for my spending, after the election.  (Or I'll account for the latter before then, if my level of fundraising requires it.)  Given your bad faith in reaching the above conclusions, I'm not going to discuss them with you now.

 

(Gustavo, if Moxley can't figure out how properly to retract an unfounded allegation of fact, please help him out.  Thanks.)

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond  @rscottmoxley Candidate/Blogger/Unemployed Lawyer Diamond: I've told you several times now that your pathetic attempts to use your status as a lawyer to chill my reporting on you and your California State Senate campaign will not work. Go back and re-read that sentence until you grasp the point because your hamfisted attempt above to craft a libel case against me is utterly one of the most juvenile, grasping at straws arguments I've ever seen. Given what I've learned about you, I stand behind my statements that the public has no idea what you are doing with the campaign contributions you've lured from unsuspecting progressive individuals who obviously weren't aware of your laziness, dishonest nature and outright incompetence on how to run a campaign. (Greg, do you think contributors would give you money if they knew that you spend all of your days and nights doing almost nothing but writing blog comments unrelated to your campaign?) It is true that I don't know what you are doing with those contributions. But you've GLOATED about being able to enjoy secrecy about campaign spending because you haven't raised even $25,000 to trigger reporting of your activities. Is it possible that you are using campaign money to pig out every night at Subway (extra meat, please) or some other questionable expense? Sure. Do I believe that you have tricked liberal contributors? Triple yes. Is it possible that you've done nothing illegal with the money you've lured from Dems? Yep. But even if you haven't cheated, do I believe you should immediately refund all those contributions and apologize for your non-existent campaign effort? Absolutely, and, given the type of person you are, I'm not holding my breath. What isn't going to happen, Greg, is you making legal threats against OC Weekly and thinking you've won our silence to the voters of California's 29th state senate district. Orange County residents deserve to know about the politicians who seek power over them. You've run a joke of a campaign. You've proven yourself to be a horrible, vengeful person with few positive attributes. You are an embarrassment to the Orange County Democratic Party and if you were ever elected to the state legislature, you'd be the laughingstock of California. If you want to sue me in panicked anger for asserting those facts and stances, what's holding you back from running to the courthouse? Do you need a map?

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley I honestly don't care whether you are "making the charge that you are California's worst, most inept Democrat candidate for 2012."  That "charge" is a matter of subjective opinion -- and, as I'm sure you know and depend on, as such it is not actionable.

 

Your statement that "you've taken thousands of dollars from unsuspecting progressives who were hoping that their hard earned money would be used for tangle good. You have GLOATED about not revealing ANY details about what you have and haven't done with the campaign contributions you've lured under false pretenses" also sounds like it's not actionable (especially given the strange term "tangle good") until perhaps the last two words -- which, if you're accusing me of fraud, might finally be more than just your benighted opinion, and therefore actionable.Your statement "You promised to seriously campaign against Republican Bob Huff and yet over and over and over you've demonstrated that you haven't campaigned at all. In fact, you are so inept that you have spent week after week, month after month ignoring your alleged state senate campaign to do nothing but write inane blog comments" is something that you could try explain away as your ignorance -- and so by itself is probably not actionable.

 

However, your agreement (viz., "you nailed it") in response to the statement of an anonymous commenter that "Diamond won't return the campaign contributions because he's got a family to feed off of the campaign contributions of other people" -- suggesting that I'm misappropriating funds for personal use -- THAT captures my attention.I notice that you didn't repeat that affirmative charge in your latest statement about me.  (You did say "you've taken thousands of dollars from unsuspecting progressives who were hoping that their hard earned money would be used for tangle good"  -- which is inaccurate, but which you can once again later pass off as merely a mistake made of your own ignorance, and thus argue that it's not defamatory.)

 

Your not renewing that particular line of attack may suggest that you've gotten some good advice that, while you can insult me and lie about me in MOST ways as much as you want without crossing any legal line, you have to back off actually accusing me of actual wrongdoing or else risk legal consequences.  (Or maybe you're not backing off of that statement at all.)

 

Here's a formal demand: if you deny that you intended to adopt that factual assertion as your own, or if on reflection you think that it was a mistake to do so, please clarify and retract or distance yourself from that assertion explicitly.  If you choose not to do so, that's your choice -- as well as that of Gustavo and your publisher.  The rest of what you say is just noise; that one statement wasn't.

 

I will write Gustavo separately to further demand that OC Weekly treat that statement from "OCPunk" as a defamatory statement and take whatever customary action towards it, if any, that it considers appropriate to reduce any damage caused by such a tort.  (I recognize that normally, OC Weekly would not be responsible for a commenter's statements, and that any action I might take there would depend on the relationship or understanding, if any, between OC Weekly and its agents (including Scott Moxley) and "OCPunk."

 

As these recent developments have now changed the nature of my legal relationship to both you and your publications, Scott, as it stands I will indeed try to stay out of future conversations with you here until after the election, except to respond by referring people to this and to previously posted comments.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond  @rscottmoxley Greg, you've taken thousands of dollars from unsuspecting progressives who were hoping that their hard earned money would be used for tangle good. You have GLOATED about not revealing ANY details about what you have and haven't done with the campaign contributions you've lured under false pretenses. You promised to seriously campaign against Republican Bob Huff and yet over and over and over you've demonstrated that you haven't campaigned at all. In fact, you are so inept that you have spent week after week, month after month ignoring your alleged state senate campaign to do nothing but write inane blog comments. To this very day--just a few weeks before the Nov. 6 election, you STILL haven't held ONE meaningful campaign event. So, big boy, yes: I am making the charge that you are California's worst, most inept Democrat candidate for 2012. You're an unemployed embarrassment and, as I suggested yesterday, Orange County Democrats need to enact The Diamond Rule: all future rookie state senate candidates must pass elementary mental health standards.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @rscottmoxley  @OCPunk  @gregdiamond  My apologies, Greg. I mentioned Hostess Ho Hos when I had intended to highlight what might be your fondness for (extra cheese) Cheetos. Please forgive me. I hope this error does not lead to my demise in your threatened libel lawsuit. But, if it does, this mistake could be called in the history books: Moxley's Diamond Cheetos Scandal. I, of course, mean no offense to Hostess Ho Hos or Cheetos, which are, I am sure, fine products.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @OCPunk  @rscottmoxley @gregdiamond Exactly! You earned your money. You can do what you want with it. You're not running a shameless con on Democratic Party activists to give you money so that you can perhaps waste it on jumbo packages of Hostess Ho Hos or any other personal expenses. Greg Diamond doesn't deserve any contributions--regardless of how he is spending other people's money--because he is California's most horrific, lazy state senate candidate in memory.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond More blah, blah, blah with threats in hopes of keeping a journalist silent about your lack of character. Won't work, Greggie.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

"Embellish"?  "Claiming important ties to them"?  I look forward to your article where you spell out the details, Scott.  Knowingly lying about my professional activities would also be a problem for you.  You can insult me all you want and express any opinion you want without consequences -- but you can't lie about material facts.  As a professional journalist, you must know this.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond  @rscottmoxley  Ha! You continue to explain because you know I already caught you trying to embellish your ties to Jones Day. You're obviously worried that a prominent firm wouldn't be happy that you tried to bolster your own weak credentials by claiming important ties to them. I understand. But, Greg, you're supposed to be an important candidate. What are you doing trying to trick the voters of California's 29th state senate district about your dismal work history?

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  I'm familiar with libel law, Scott.  It requires a high standard of proof -- high enough that some journalists think that it is impossible to libel a public figure.  (More often, it's not actually impossible; it's simply not worth the time and effort -- unless there's a publisher with deep pockets.)

 

As I said, I can't stop you from publishing what you want -- it's your journalistic reputation at issue -- but I expect that Jones Day will simply confirm that I did work at their Irvine office for most workdays from Sept. 2010 through mid-2011 as a contract attorney on commercial law cases (having nothing to do with OC politics.).  That means that I was not an associate directly employed by their firm, although under the law they would have some responsibilities towards me as an employee (something that may frequently arise, for example, in matters of workplace harassment -- which I never faced there.)

 

I hope that someone's supervising you, Scott.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond @rscottmoxley I'm out having fun with friends now while you continue to obsess at your computer in a Friday night. How unusual. But I will pause momentary this time just to remind you of the fact it was you who decided to play self serving games with the voters about your legal, uh, weight regarding your unwise, embellished Jones Day assertion. Please continue to toss around in your unorganized brain the term libel, which clearly you--though one of the trillion lawyers in the USA--don't grasp. Let me state this without ambiguity: Your continual threats and rabid, middle of the night rants will not stop me from reporting to the public and the voters about your lack of qualifications, mental issues and low character. You, sir, are a disgusting liar, a sentiment I suspect the voters of your laughable 29th state senate campaign will demonstrate on Nov. 6. Feel free to continue to rant; it is, after all, what you think you do best. I laugh at you worthlessness and am still going to deal with your Jones Day lie in an upcoming news article. Back to my friends now. Bye, bye--for now!

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  I can't stop you from libeling me, Scott.  All I can do is make sure that you have the relevant facts that ensure that you know that whatever allegations you plan to make (if Gustavo or your publishers don't decide to hold you to professional standards) are false -- as we both know I've already done by e-mail.

 

Thanks for the expert psychiatric and political advice.  I'll take it for what it's worth.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @gigi905 I honestly don't think so.  This is a transparent lie, and while I disagree with Marlena on some of her opinions and  interpretations of events, I can't recall ever seeing her flat out lie on this.  That whoever's using that name is posting elsewhere doesn't mean that that person is her.

 

If it is her, I'm sad that she's lying like that.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley That's up to you, Scott.  The law doesn't allow for prior restraint.  You get to make your point first.

 

P.S. I'm far from "aligned" with Jones Day, e.g. re Costa Mesa and their other political stances.  You, on the other hand, are.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond Yes, Greg, please continue to distance yourself from your earlier self-serving assertion that hoped to align yourself with Jones Day when, in fact, you . . . well . . . . I'll save that for later.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

(1) Not at all; I was not an associate there and have never claimed otherwise.

 

(2) Personally, I refrigerate it.  If the Ketchup Advisory Board told me that it was always unnecessary, though, then I might well believe them.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

It's a movie reference.  Apparently, you wouldn't understand.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

 @GregDiamond  @rscottmoxley Huh? What are you rambling about Greg? Do you have a campaign for state senate to run? You know, the one in which you promised Dems that you'd fight like hell to win but have done almost nothing but write blog comments day after day after day. Your Republican opponent, Bob Huff, must be laughing his butt off by your ineptitude. You are California's most pathetic state senate candidate in memory. Enjoy the honor, Greg, because it's sticking with you for many, many years.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  You have the quote in your first article in this series on me, Scott.  Why don't you reprint it here and answer your own question?  What did I say I'd do?

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  I went and looked up my own quote:

 

MOXLEY: Not everybody can afford to protest 24 hours per day, but the attorney (who has taken piecemeal work from a firm that is the Kinko’s of the legal community) had no daily job responsibilities.

 

DIAMOND: I didn’t protest “24 hours per day” or anything like it.  I didn’t sleep in the encampments (except for some of the first week, and never overnight.)  The odd Kinko’s reference refers to– here’s an actual secret that Moxley somehow missed — Jones Day, where I worked as a contact attorney on several cases, during which time I did have daily job responsibilities for most of (as I recall) a year or more.  After that ended in mid-2011 or so, I started to try to build my own private law practice — from which Occupy certainly distracted me, but again I’m not complaining.

 

"Where I worked as a contract attorney on several cases, during which time I did have daily job responsibilities for most of (as I recall) a year or more."  I never claimed to be an associate there; I told the truth from the start.  You just apparently don't know what a "contract attorney" is.Correct the record as to what I said, if you have any dignity or shame. 

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond So now you are claiming that you never told OC Dems that you'd represent them with energy in the state senate race? What? Did you tell them that you'd be a lazy, pathetic candidate? Please explain to the voters exactly why you will get your lard ass kicked on Nov. 6.

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond @rscottmoxley Okay, Greg! So now--when pressed and realizing that I had already uncovered the truth--you finally admit that you were hired by a temp agency to help Jones Day. Will you also now admit that your role at that power firm was menial? Take all the time you need to ponder how to spin your answer.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  "All Secret" was a way of telling you to take a flier at the nearest rolling donut.  I've circulated my resume which shows my legal career, which I don't try to tell people is "brilliant," in places that may well be publicly available.When our conversation began  -- and, before I got a sense of where you were coming from, you could have asked for and would have received -- my resume.  Now, well, I'd reserve that for journalists -- not for whatever you've transmogrified into lately.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @rscottmoxley  As I recall, you wanted to know where my 2011 income came from.  Much of it came from work that I did at the Jones Day office in Irvine, to which I commuted most days.  They did not sign my paychecks; the attorney staffing agency did.  I really can't tell you what I did there because of required confidentiality; I can say that much of it involved more than rudimentary legal skills.

 

I didn't say it to impress (nor do I think that on its face it should be considered particularly impressive); I said it because it was factual.  I claim no association with the firm other than I liked some of the people there quite a bit; others less so.  But all that, too, is confidential.

 

Yes, Scott, I currently have ongoing clients.  In all our e-mails, did you ever ask me that?  If not, why?  So strange....

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

 @OCPunk Neither I nor (in our conversations) he makes any excuse for his history (most of it quite old) of DUIs.  I do believe in contrition and reform as admirable actions, though.  His ability not to be cowed into silence by the prospect of attacks by cowardly anonymous people like you is one thing I admire about him.  A weaker person would just give in to the bullying.

 

You, on the other hand, have shown yourself to be scummy right now.  A DUI is the more serious offense -- but at least he, as opposed to you, has reformed.

 

It's becoming more obvious who you are, by the way -- which may or may not be what you intended here.  Just a head's up.

OCPunk
OCPunk

I didn't put anyone life in danger by drinking and driving.  And Moxley and those who are calling you out are unstable? HA!  We're not associating ourselves with people who have utter disregard for the safety of others.  It wasn't like he had only one DUI.   It was several and the pattern of his behavior shows he will violate the law again if he gets behind the wheel again.  But keep convincing yourself that your so called friend has reformed.  You and the wino are made for each other.  

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

Vern had a problem with DUIs.  It landed him in jail, he served his time, and he seems to have reformed.  He's also just a great guy overall, which I think comes through in his writing.

 

The sort of guy you are comes through in yours, too.

GregDiamond
GregDiamond

My comment was prompted by your previous comment, which you're welcome to re-read.  It's as public as your comment was.

OCPunk
OCPunk

"Vern's a smart, level-headed, kind and sincere guy."Vern Nelson is sincere enough to go to prison for his multiple DUIs.  His willingness to put other people's lives in danger is anything but smart and level headed.   I'm shocked that he was sober enough to comment on this thread.  It's easy for him because he doesn't have to shower when showing up in the comments section of the Weekly.  So Greg,  do you also listen to and consider his choices of cheap box wine? 

rscottmoxley
rscottmoxley topcommenter

@GregDiamond @chezvern Greg, you came to OC Weekly to tell your blog partner that he's smart, level headed, kind and sincere? Wow! You couldn't have told that to his face? Gustavo, don't be surprised if I now go to Diamond's blog to tell you how fond I am of you!!!

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