Attorney regulators love "egosurfing" critic's website

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Sean Harrington, the do-it-yourself litigator behind the contentious website KnowYourCourts, has been a relentless scourge of judicial excess and abusive attorneys in Colorado, whether battling his own custody issues in family court, commenting on the exploits of former judge Edward "Naughty" Nottingham or following Mark Brennan's battle with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Now, in the course of yet another call for investigation of attorneys he's battling, Harrington reveals that his website seems to have a lot of fans in an unlikely place -- the OARC, an office Harrington has portrayed as corrupt and highly selective in the cases of attorney misconduct it chooses to pursue.

In this latest complaint about two attorneys to the Colorado Supreme Court, Harrington points out that OARC staff have ignored or dismissed many of his previous complaints, even refusing to follow links to supporting evidence posted on his website. Last year, one OARC staffer wrote to him: "Due to concerns about computer viruses and security issues, this office avoids accessing questionable or unsecure websites."

That response was "disingenous," Harrington contends. His server traffic logs show that computers used by OARC employees have surfed his site "43 times in 2007, 21 times in 2008... and 156 times this year... including 39 visits from a home PC of an OARC employee." He adds that while some of the visits might have been "egosurfing" by employees whose names are mentioned in his posts, most of the traffic came from staff "purposefully visiting the site by either saving the URL in their favorites list, or saving the Web page to their hard drive or by manually typing the address into their browser's URL/address bar."

Hmmm. That's a lot of taxpayer-paid time for state employees to be monkeying around on a questionable website. Harrington may not be respected by the high priests of the court system, but they're not exactly ignoring him, either.

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