Courtroom. Some honorable judge presides over the motion to dismiss in the case of Lionel Pratt v. Harvey Lipschultz. And you know what that means: time for me to translate that fancy lawyer jargon into understandable everyday speech. Scott approaches the bench and says, "Me talk now. What Harvey do is bad." Harvey is upset to hear this, but the judge tells him to be quiet. "But is no reason to make attack on him with the tribal rule-stick. For many moons now, man who teach can bend rule-stick like it made from field-grass, when he wield power over those who learn. Do Harvey say bad thing? He do. But this not same thing as to hit Lionel with the closed fist. Lionel no even say that he feel hurt at all, let alone say how." Talk Time raises her hand, and asks if she can respond point by point, because she's having trouble keeping up with Scott, but the judge tells her to wait her turn. Scott goes on, "Also, to be a breaking of the rule-stick, Lionel must show loss of gold pieces from his pocket, but he no show this. Last thing is: this not show good example for others who learn from those who teach. Should they drag teaching-folk to the place of tribal judgment each time they do not like what words come from the teaching one's mouth? This is like Boulder of Daktar rolling down Hill of Mnjjlwin." Talk Time gets up and starts talking, but I can just quote her directly, because she's not using fancy legal jargon. "You can't call your students douchebags! Who sets the example if not the teacher?" The judge agrees with Guber that Talk Time needs to show damages, either economic or medical, and Talk Time says, "Our damages are putative. That means they're coming." See? She did it for me. The judge wants to know how, so she explains: "Lionel Pratt plans to apply for college. Admissions officers will want recommendations, they'll want to know how he is thought of. How is he ever supposed to get into Dartmouth if the faculty at Winslow High thinks he's a dick?" Talk Time alleges that Harvey is a legend at the school, and the other teachers look up to him, and Harvey stands up and says, "That's a lie!" Heh. Anyway, Talk Time says there ought to be a consequence for Harvey's behavior, but Scott counters, "Question is not is Harvey bad. Question is does Lionel have reason to drag him to Cave of Judging. Many many papers I give you show that other teaching-folk think Harvey to be a bad man. Lionel is not hurt by his bad words." Talk Time says, "I told you. It's putative." They glare at each other.
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