This story from the Orlando Sentinel is pretty obnoxious placing me in mind of the story form last year of the baseball bat-wielding maniac lawyer from Charleston, W. Va. that we featured on Bad Lawyer last year. This narcissitic creep is caught on video tape vandalizing a client's home apparently over a fee dispute and bar complaint--that the angry lawyer prevailed over! Here's the reporter Jeff Weiner' Sentinel story (where you can also watch the amazing video):
"A Longwood (Seminole County, Fla) lawyer arrested on charges of burglarizing the home of a former client taunted his victim with several text messages threatening 'all out war,' according to a Lake Mary police report released Friday.
Albert E. Ford II, 43, who specializes in environmental and land-use issues, and Kasee Singh, who has owned realty, development and title companies, were locked in a dispute over fees, documents show. Singh filed a complaint in April with The Florida Bar. The group on July 13 informed Singh that his complaint was being dismissed because Ford's fees were not excessive or fraudulent. The Bar told Singh he was free to sue Ford if he wanted to pursue the matter. Messages left for Singh were not returned. Ford's attorney could not be immediately reached.
Among the Bar documents released Friday was a Feb. 25 e-mail to Ford from Singh demanding payment and stating that his 'former friend' owed more than $20,000.
'Well, you, sir, have proven to be a no good liar and I will be compensated for my work one way or another,' Ford wrote, adding he would win a lawsuit against Singh so 'the entire community knows what a sleazy, no good, deceitful jerk that you are.'
Ford remained in the Seminole County Jail late Friday on charges of armed burglary to a dwelling, grand theft, burglary to an occupied dwelling and damaging property-criminal mischief. Police say Ford is the man shown on security video burglarizing Singh's Lake Mary house Wednesday. He was arrested Thursday at his home, also in Lake Mary.
The armed burglary charge apparently was lodged after Singh told police that he found ammunition and gun parts near his garage. They were taken into evidence. Singh told officers he arrived home from work to find damage to his house and pool. He also showed police several messages in which Ford offered a 'last warning' and referred to Singh as a 'weak puppy,' the police report shows.
'I declare all out war against you,' wrote Ford in the first message, received by Singh at 9:35 a.m. Wednesday, according to the report. 'I warned you against trying to go after my livelihood. This is your last warning.' In two other messages in the report received minutes after the incident, Ford asks Singh, 'Why are you so weak' and taunts, 'What's up weak puppy.'
Video and still photos released by police show a man driving up to Singh's house in a black pickup at 5:19 p.m. Wednesday, going to the front door, then walking around back and entering a pool enclosure.
Police say Ford broke the front doorbell, kicked a concrete bench into the pool and removed a pool tank and filter and canister on the side of the house near the pool. The filter and canister were found nearby.
In the video, the man, who was accompanied by a black dog — possibly a Labrador retriever — jiggles a large American flag in front of the house till it dislodges from its holder. He tosses the flag into the bed of his truck along with the tank and filter, then drives off with the dog in the pickup bed, too. Singh showed police three .380-caliber rounds and pieces of a gun he said he found near his garage along with broken glass from a shattered light, the report says. Before he was arrested, the report states, assistants at Ford's law firm told authorities that Ford often carried a gun.
Ford graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1995 and was admitted to The Florida Bar the same year. The Bar website has no record of discipline against him during the past 10 years."