From the Publisher
THREATS: THE RISKS INVOLVED WITH THE PUBLISHING OF THIS BOOK
Upon receiving pre-publication draft copies of this book -- the former Director of Litigation for the New York Department of Taxation (Michael Alexander) -and- former Assistant New York Attorney General (Marilyn Sugarman) threatened legal actions if "DISILLUSIONED: Justice versus Reality" was published.
FROM MR. ALEXANDER: "Your inferences and characterizations of my involvement and mindset are erroneous at best and it is my belief that your writing to others about my professional character and integrity already constitutes libel per se (not an isolated view). Whether I wish to pursue this in the courts has not yet been determined. Your choice to publish this book is one you cannot count on me to accept without response."
FROM MS. SUGARMAN: "After reading the proposed book, I consulted with a number of attorneys with respect to the passages concerning me. Each of the attorneys I have spoken with believes that there are a number of passages which may constitute libel per se."
In the context that threats are the tools of bullies -- the authors direct response is quite simple.
Mr. Alexander and Ms. Sugarman -- you both undoubtedly know that the "truth" is a complete defense for any accusation of libel per se. Of course, you cannot logically sue me for telling the truth. Therefore, I would realistically expect to see you in court on the same day I see pigs fly!
From the Author
It is Mark Twain who supplied the appropriate two-sentence synopsis of the storyline for this book."
"What chance the ignorant, uncultivated liar against the educated expert? What chance have I against a lawyer?"