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Unformatted text preview: . In order to contest the case, and because he began to believe that the courts and
lawyers were in league against him, he studied law and was admitted to the bar. He had meanwhile married a
rich woman who was wholly taken in by his keen logical exposition of his "wrongs," his imposing manner of
speech and action; and perhaps she really fell in love with the able, aggressive and handsome man. She
financed his law school studies, for it was necessary for him to give up most of his practice meanwhile.
As soon as he could appear before the Bar he did so in his own behalf, for this case had now reached the
proportions where it had spread out into half a dozen cases. He refused to pay his lawyers, and they sued. One
of them dropped the statement that L. was "crazy," and he brought a suit against the lawyer. Moreover, he
began to believe, because of the adverse judgments, that the courts were against him, and he wrote article after
article in the radical journals on the corruptness of the courts and entered a strenuous campaign to provide for
the public election and recall of judges.
These activities brought him in close relations with a group of unbalanced people operating under the
high-sounding name League of Freedom. These people, led by a man, J., eagerly welcomed L., largely
because his wife was still financing his ventures. Here comes a curious fact, and one prominent in the history
of man, for this group, led by two unbalanced men, actually engineered a real reform, for they brought about a
codification of the laws of their State, a simple codification that made it possible to know what the laws on
any matter really are. This may be stated: the average balanced person is apt to weigh consequences to
himself, but the paranoid does not; and so, when accident or circumstances enlist him in a good cause, he is
a fighter without fear and is enormously valuable.
 See Lombroso's "Man of Genius" for many such cases.
This success brought L.'s paranoia to the pinnacle of unreason. He attacked the court...
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- Spring '11