Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The top ten "Murrayisms" of all time!

Anonymous has left a comment on your post, "Bizarre, petty and childish in Courtroom 330!"


I've just had a telephone conversation with our mutual friend Vic Populi, who I understand is on a well-deserved vacation in Athens, Georgia (though always taking care to maintain his internet access). He tells me he just sent you an e-mail, and that he would have no objections whatever if you published it on CyberSmokeBlog. I haven't seen it, but from what I hear, it is quite funny and surprisingly non-defamatory.

Something tells me that Vic's e-mail, as well as, this one should properly have been sent on April Fool's Day .....

Dear Anonymous:

Thank you very much for the heads up. Yes, we have received Mr. Populi's e-mail entitled, "The top ten Murrayisms of all time!" Before we get to that we'd like to add our three to the list:

1. The Mysterious Depositor

Back in April 2005 Murray Trachtenberg filed a Statement of Claim for Walter Joseph Chartrand (Plaintiff). At one time there was a Walter Chartrand brother to MMF President David Chartrand who worked at Federation headquarters in in security/janitorial services. Page 6 paragraph 13 of the S/C states:

"Upon investigation, the plaintiff was able to ascertain that in October, November and December 2003, a person or persons unknown to the plaintiff had deposited money into the plaintiff's Royal Bank chequing account which money was then automatically withdrawn by Chrysler to pay the monthly payments on the vehicle. The December amount of money deposited to the plaintiff's account by the person or persons unknown was insufficient to cover the December payment to Chrysler with the result that other cheques written by the plaintiff were regturned NSF and the plaintiff incurred bank service charges as a result."

2. Do As I Say Not As I Do

On March 19, 2010 provincial judge Timothy Preston issued a written decision not to allow cameras in the courtroom for the upcoming inquest into the death of Brian Sinclair. Murray Trachtenberg is junior Counsel for the family. Paragraph 12 states in part:

"..... Mr. Trachtenberg eloquently argued in oral submission that it is time for the Court to "open its doors" to everyone.

This is the same person who "eloquently" argued at the first Pre-Trial Conference (September 8, 2008) in the MMF's defamation lawsuit against CyberSmokeSignals there should be a publication ban on these proceedings thereby denying you the readers access to some vital information - Murray "Mr. Inconsistency" Trachtenberg.

Prolific, production line MMF defamation lawyer Murray Trachtenberg ("The Human Gestetner Machine") late at night in the basement of his law office cranking out more Statements of Claim against self-represented Defendants who dared to criticize David Chartrand!

3. The thin-skinned Murray Trachtenberg

While exiting the courtroom after a recent (April 19, 2010) Manitoba Court of Appeal appearance Murray Trachtenberg was heard to remark in response to opposing Counselor's remark, " It's far from over Murray"

"It does not behoove you as counsel to make threats to me as I am leaving the courtroom."

Now for The Public Eye's top 10 Murrayisms.

Clare L. Pieuk


Truth To Power -;


What most people don't realize about Manitoba Metis Federation counsel Murray Trachtenberg is that he is more, much more, than a legal wunderkind. Admittedly, his role as counsel to the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Terry Belhumeur and yourself will itself prove sufficient to ensure him a place in Manitoba legal history. Personally, I believe it has been brilliant strategy. Very soon, Mr. Trachtenberg will obtain a seven-figure judgment against you. Fight all you like, he's coming at you like a gestetner and you will have no choice but to cough up the dough.

When you and your ex-comrade Mr. Belhumeur pay up, his clients will have more money than they know what to do with. Truly, it will be the litigation lottery. They will be driving around in Camaros, and will be able to order more pizzas and get more haircuts than they ever thought possible in a human lifetime. Surely even a scofflaw such as yourself can appreciate how nice this would be for them? As a judgment debtor, you will contribute to a fine - and early - Christmas for the entire MMF board.

Their counsel Murray Trachtenberg will have made it all possible. However, Mr. Trachtenberg over the years has proven - to me, at least - that he is much more than a legal hatchetman. Very few know of it, and those who do wish they didn't, but Mr. Trachtenberg also has an uncanny knack for one-liners. In following his career over the past few years (my personal observations of selected Trachtenberg courtroom performances, coupled with additional research and perusal of materials on the public record), I have discovered that Mr. Trachtenberg is a comedic genius as well as a legal one.

As proof of this contention, the conclusion of hours of careful legal research and round-the-clock surveillance of Mr. Trachtenberg, I forthwith present for your consideration my Lettermanesque "Top-Ten List" of Mr. Trachtenberg's funniest statements. The absurdist humour of the following comments is only strengthened when you consider the jaw-dropping possibility that he may have intended them to be taken seriously:


10. "As at the time of swearing this Affidavit I have had no response to this letter."

9. "My instructions are to oppose any request for an adjournment."

8. "I suggest that you immediately request the person responsible for the publication of this affidavit on Truth To Power to remove it from the blog."

7. "The plaintiffs state that the indication by counsel for the defendants that these documents would be provided 'for the public record' was meant to intimidate them in the pursuit of this action."

6. "I suggest that you immediately remove these defamatory items from your website and issue a full and complete retraction and apology to Mr. Chartrand and the Board of Directors of the Manitoba Metis Federation Inc. in order to mitigate the damages that will be sought from you."

5. "With respect to the remainder of the questions of the plaintiffs, they object to answering on the grounds that the questions are irrelevant and/or scandalous and/or vexatious."

4. "I am not leading my own witness!"

3. "None of the positions on the MMF Board of Directors, except for the office of President, are salaried positions."


1. "It does not behoove you as counsel to make threats to me as I am leaving the courtroom."

This list is by no means exhaustive. I invite you to think up your own. It's easy and fun!

The Ol' Vic


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