Ike Sewage Woes Chronicled in Lawyer’s Angry Letter
Posted Oct 2, 2008 10:11 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A sarcastic letter being passed along by e-mail chronicles the woes of a Houston lawyer who couldn’t make a deposition after Hurricane Ike.
The letter (PDF) by Jeff Murphrey of Tekell, Book, Matthews & Limmer takes issue with his opponent’s request that he pay travel expenses for a rescheduled deposition. Murphrey explains that he had more pressing matters at home in a mock apology.
“I am sorry that a hurricane hit Houston,” he writes. “I am sorry that I had no power or water at my house as a result of the hurricane. … I am sorry that upon returning to my home on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, I discovered a roughly 50-foot by 6-foot swath of human excrement, used condoms and all other niceties that come with a raw sewage leak in one’s backyard. …
“I am sorry that the Houston Public Works Department had to use a fire hose to blow human feces out of my yard on the day our deposition was scheduled. I am sorry that the city required my presence at the debacle noted immediately above.”
Markland told Tex Parte Blog that he takes issue with Murphrey’s version of how his office requested travel expenses. He said he has sent a response but it doesn’t have the flair of Murphrey’s letter.
“I am not that kind of guy,” he told the blog. “I just responded factually to what the circumstances are.”