It’s me.

So says Acerbic at his anonymous blog “Jamie Spencer – Crappy DWI Defense Lawyer”. Before we get to Acerbic’s accounting of the facts, let’s review what really happened.

Five days after its first post on October 10th, I gave a shout out to the newest criminal law blog in town: D.A. Confidential. Despite the short amount of time since its debut I predicted great things would come from it, and it hasn’t disappointed.

Skip ahead a few weeks, and the Austin American Statesman does a profile on our erstwhile anonymous D.A.C., which in turn was noticed by the biggest criminal law blog in town: Grits for Breakfast. I read D.A.C.’s latest post, and was happy to see commenting alive and well. One commenter (Acerbic) said, in part:

In the meantime I have favorited your blog and I plan to comment and criticize you frequently, just as I do with Grits.

Welcome to my blog roll 😀

Hey anyone that comments regularly on Grits, and now is following D.A.C. might have some good things to say on his own blog, right? So a click through to his profile and it comes up empty. Hmmmm, this commenter hasn’t linked his blog to his comments. But I’m still interested to see what he writes about. I leave a comment, in part:

Also, Acerbic – your profile says no profile. What’s the URL of your blog?

The problem with folks who have a paranoia button is that the rest of us never have any idea what it is that will set it off. Apparently Acerbic’s wack-job dial is set pretty low, because my seemingly innocuous question really did the trick. Here’s a smattering of what followed:

Jaime, lets put it this way: I wouldn’t want you handling my case…I don’t have a blog or a website. If you don’t know how web 2.0 works, well that’s not my problem…I have no use for ambulance chasing morons…

And Jamie Spencer, AUSTIN DWI LAWYER is nothing but an attention whore…

I’m not a lawyer, hell, I don’t even live in Texas. But here this shyster is demanding I tell him how to find my website so he can investigate me…all because I told some ADA in a faraway place I thought his blog is cool.

Yowsa. Mark Draughn of WindyPundit tried to point out some of Acerbic’s errors:

Dude, you said you put this blog in your blog roll which—as anyone who understands web 2.0 should know—sort of implies you have a blog.

"this shyster is demanding I tell him how to find my website so he can investigate me"

Er, you told us you had a blog, which is why Jamie asked for the URL, I would think…

But now you’re saying you don’t have a blog? Okay, but then you don’t have a blog roll either. You just have a list of blogs you like to read. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

I even made the mistake of chiming in with an attempt at humor (unreproduced here, you can read the whole thread at D.A.C.) but to no avail. Acerbic went on to claim that he said he didn’t have a blog, which he did say, but only after I had asked for the URL.

Yeah, so… I left a comment at D.A.C. – and didn’t do it anonymously. Many reputable bloggers actually ban anonymous commenting, while others allow them, but give them the weight that they deserve. I will of course continue to leave my signature when I visit other people’s homes. And by the way, Google has said you don’t really get any juice from commenting in the first place(“[We are] pretty good at devaluing these types of links”).

So calm down Acerbic. What did you say your URL was again?

  • Paul Walcutt

    I think the best part of this exchange is that there will be more Google results for “”douchebag AND “Jamie Spencer”” as well as “”crappy lawyer” “Jamie Spencer””. I have to pay for that stuff.

  • Um, I’m hoping my blog will come up just for plain old “Crappy lawyer” without the need for my name.

    I mean, if you already know my name, and know that I suck, what good does it do me for Google to simply confirm that fact?

  • Paul Walcutt


  • shg

    Maybe it’s evidence of the growing popularity of blogs, but I’ve noticed an uptick in the number of nutjobs online, and they won’t go away.

    It might be fun to play with one or two, but with too many it can take up too much time. It just gets tiresome and boring. Hang in there, pal.

  • Awesome. What a tool. I notice that even with a blog, he has no blogroll. Nor blog roll.

  • This is not your average nutjob – thanks for following up on this, it seriously made me laugh. He made a blog just for you! “Jamie, here’s your blog. Are you happy?” Was priceless.

    And isn’t a pick up truck and a six-pack a constitutional right in Texas? I’ll have to look that one up.

    Crappylawyer.blogspot. Wow.

  • Sounds like you guys are all a bunch of maroons.

  • Walcutt:

    I hadn’t thought of that. You’re right that Google should now be able to confirm someone’s suspicions who queries, “Is Jamie Spencer a crappy lawyer?”


    You are mostly correct, sir. It was the 1928 Texas Republican gubernatorial campaign for Herbert “Bubba” Hoover that included the slogan “A Six Pack In Every Pick-Up.”

  • I’m just thoroughly enjoying the exchange. I may add you both to my “blogroll”, for spits & giggles.

  • Disability Insurance

    Sounds like and inexperienced blogger who doesn’t truly understand what a blog roll is. Maybe he should have said that he added the blog to his feeds or bookmarks. Nevertheless, interesting thread of back and forth, I found it humorous.

  • This is as good as watching 24. What a coward. When you believe in something you put your name behind it.

    Lawrence Koplow

  • I am not a douchebag!

  • Joe

    See, that’s what makes the internet so very interesting; the weird people just come out of the woodworks, you know?

  • Your Mama

    WTF? A truckload of lawyers / attorneys just drove up to support ACDL and spent precious time on commenting about an exchange with ACERBIC.

    Check your archives folks, this anonymous person had called a few of you “out” while dancing a jig. Instead of ignoring him/her some have chosen to “play”. Now, we see a dog pile that’s making him / her famous. Hmm?

    Call a lawyer crappy, and devote a Blog to his/her crappiness and provide the URL & boom instant recognition by the entire Blawgosphere. ACERBIC you are either one crazy mofo or crazy as a fox? You are probably blocked here from replying so just listen for a while. You should build a frigin blog and get rich B.

    Who knows, you could be Jamie blogging with yourself? Either way one of you is a genius.

    Love your style Jamie, no stinkin traffic tickets but plenty time for wack-jobs. We love your work but like I said, WTF?

  • Your Mama:

    (Or should I address this to NMNC, just so you know I know who you are 🙂 ?)

    I don’t have time to post on my own damn blog often enough to make this up, but yes, there’s definitely a “don’t feed the elephants” aspect to this. Then again, I tinurl’ed the link, so he gets no Google juice from me…..

  • I found it humorous. Sounds like and inexperienced blogger who doesn’t truly understand what a blog roll is. Maybe he should have said that he added the blog to his feeds or bookmarks

  • Goodness. Acerbic goes to all the trouble of setting up a bogus blog through Blogspot just so that he can send you to a dead-end.

    I suspect you may know this person and that he/she has some beef against you. Maybe jealousy? I read the exchange. Why else would he attack you like that out of the blue?

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