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  •  lacking details (4.00)
    You should get your friend to provide accurate, detailed information of the exact type of threats and intimitadion tactics Bolton used.

    "Throwing things?" What things?

    "Threatening letters?" What did they say?

    "Behaving like a madman?" Exactly how?

    Who else witnessed this behavior?

    Get these detailed allegations on the record and make Bolton confirm or deny them.

    •  You get 12 stars from me (none)
      On a related note whatever happened to the kid who claimed he was roughed up by recruiters at a mall?

      There is a certain providence in the fall of a sparrow

      by mrblifil on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 08:40:54 AM PDT

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    •  I agree wholeheartedly (none)
      It would help if someone with a legal background, or at least a legal mind, could help your friend go through a lot of the above questions in detail.  Detail and specifics are key here.

      This would also take some of the stress off her, since she seems to be going this mostly alone.

      But I want to reiterate -- we got her back here.  I hope Melody can see that.  

      Many thanks to you too, AmyinDallas.

    •  Many details missing. (none)
      Within hours of sending a letter to US AID officials outlining my concerns I met John Bolton, whom the prime contractor hired as legal counsel to represent them to US AID. And, so, within hours of dispatching that letter, my hell began.

      Mr. Bolton proceeded to chase me through the halls of a Russian hotel -- throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under my door and, generaly, behaving like a madman.

      There seems to be a paragraph missing between these two. How do we get from meeting to suddenly running down the hall? The effect is like watching a movie with some footage deleted within a scene. Also, in the second sentence we have him running down the hall so it seems like a specific incident, but also shoving letters under her door which would have to take place over time. Things have been telescoped in a way that make this crucial part of the letter confusing at best.

      And then 2/27/33 happened, and that changed everything.

      by Julian on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 10:22:36 AM PDT

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      •  Edits-- Yes, if the letter hasn't been sent yet (none)
        I would recommend a rewrite focusing on Mr. Bolton's obstreperous behavior in detail, with less emphasis on the right or wrong of the conflict the letter-writer and Mr. Bolton were involved in. There can be two sides to that story, but there can't be two sides to the appropriateness of chasing people, throwing things, etc.

        Also, "John Bolton had proceeded me by two days-- should be "preceded". And a couple of other stylistic things, but I've probably earned enough "unproductive" ratings already :).

        The less a man knows about how sausages and laws are made, the easier it is to steal his vote and give him botulism.

        by SensibleShoes on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 12:12:18 PM PDT

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      •  had the same thought (none)
        I'm an editor in real life, and in my experience a gap like this in somebody's copy usually means there's something left out that doesn't support the story - or the writer is on shaky ground in some way or other with that section.

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