14 August 2012

KingCast presents: Fun times and a history lesson at Boston's Fat Ram's Pumpkin Tattoo studio.

Fat Ram's is great tattoo studio, no questions about it. When I go for tattoo #2 it will be here. This goes with this journal entry and an odd and disturbing history about my experiences representing a tattoo artist who was ordered to give a tattoo to someone who had advanced HIV. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission, by and through Hearing Examiner Frank Martens et al. ignored the health risk to the recipient and our client's First Amendment Right not to work on a bad canvas, as the Complaining Party had a large prior tattoo that was not healing properly. The Commission flat out lied and said Adam Gray (a/k/a Atomizer) never saw the other tattoo but he did, it was right in front of his face and he said he walked over to his associate Leslie and "gave the matter his FULL ATTENTION." 

Mr. Gray's referred the would-be recipient to his close friend and associated artist, the well-respected Durb Morrison who would have done the work with a caveat emptor waiver as to the results, but because this case was politically charged bullshit that was not good enough. As the movie notes, Columbus, Ohio Board of Health had drafted regulations forbidding someone to knowingly provide a tattoo to someone with HIV but refused to enact them. We sued in Mandamus and the Court said go to hell. Then years later Ohio passed regulations "3701-9-04 General safety and sanitation standards" setting the matter for a physician's consent but then the legislation disappeared. I should make Ohio pull my testimony to the legislature on that.  

The irony is that I was the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's law clerk before I joined the Ohio AG's Office as an attorney, and this was the very first case I took after I hung a shingle. CNN refuses to provide a copy of our interview to this day even though we have made it clear it is not for profit. Read Mike Royko's (RIP) story about this dumb-assed case at the link, "Civil Rights Take a Wrong Turn in Ohio."

My then-girlfriend -- now an attorney --filed a Mandamus Action as Petitioner but the Ohio Supreme Court -- in whose chairs I used to sit for Ohio AG practice sessions -- said shoo fly shoo to us in Crabtree v. Cols. Board of Health.

The theory of the Mandamus case was that the Board had an affirmative duty to protect the public health, but the Court would have none of that. And I feel quite certain the bar did not like her activity in this case years later when she finished law school. That's because the law is too often little more than a political animal, specifically an ass.

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