Dream of:20 April 1995 "Outrage"
I was trying to buy the House in South Shore, Kentucky (a four room cottage in South Shore, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Portsmouth, in which I lived for about a year when I was in the fifth and sixth grade). A young couple had bought the house for around $13,000 and were now living in it. For some reason I gave them $60,000 to hold until I bought the House, although I wasn't planning to pay anywhere near that price for it.
Somehow the transaction ended up in litigation, and I had to go to court. I called on Walls to go to trial with me. We were going to try to show that he was also involved in the purchase of the house. We went through the trial, and when it was over, the judge ordered that the house be sold to me for $20,000 and that I also pay an additional $20,000 to Walls.
I was outraged. There was no reason for me to have to pay anything to Walls. The judge was obviously confused. I thought about asking for a new trial right on the spot, but then decided to wait: I would still have time to do that. I would need to talk with Walls. I stood outside the courthouse on the street, where snow was on the ground. I could hear Walls inside talking to an attorney. It sounded as if they were trying to figure out a way to get the $20,000.
This was serious. Perhaps the judge hadn't realized I actually did have $20,000 that Walls could take from me. I would have to fight this. I would have to ask for a new trial, and then if I lost, I would have to appeal. The fact that I would have to pay $20,000 for the House didn't bother me so much, even though I could probably find a comparable house for $10,000 if I looked hard enough. What bothered me was that I might have to pay Walls. I would be willing to give him a thousand dollars, but certainly not twenty thousand.
I would probably have to hire a lawyer to help me. I thought of my old friend Brian, but decided he was too young. I thought I would call Schroeder, an attorney I knew in Dallas. He had argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and I thought he could handle it.
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