Few figures associated with the lacrosse case are quite so pathetic as Linwood Wilson—the ethically-challenged, Bible-singing p.i. hired by the equally ethically-challenged Mike Nifong to be Nifong’s chief investigator.
Wilson, who was summarily fired as soon as the disbarred Nifong left his position, has had a rather checkered career since his time as Sheriff of the Lacrosse Case. As a defendant in civil suits filed by the falsely accused players, he elected to represent himself, in the process proving the aphorism that a man who represents himself has a fool for a client. And he experienced life as a criminal defendant, when his wife accused him of threatening to kill her, sending her a text-message stating, "'til death do we part remember your wedding vows.. you never know the day or the time.” Wilson allegedly informed her that he could get away with it since “he owned Durham [and] lawyers and judges would do anything he said."
On March 8, Counselor Wilson previewed his client’s strategy in addressing the issues with his wife. After erroneously filing a criminal complaint, Wilson, again acting as his own attorney, filed a civil lawsuit—alleging, almost comically, federal civil rights violations—against his wife, her sister, and her parents (or, in Wilson’s wording, her “co-conspirators”).
The basics of Counselor Wilson’s claim: Linwood Wilson doesn’t much want to work, and his wife, by walking out on him (after he allegedly threatened to kill her) left him to pay the mortgage on their house, thereby defrauding both him and the bank that holds the mortgage note.
In his filing, Counselor Wilson states that his client is “unemployed and had been since June 25, 2007.” The filing gives no indication that Wilson has looked for work at any point in that time; instead, he was the “dependent spouse based solely on the income of . . . Barbara B. Wilson,” who worked for the local Coca-Cola plant. He nonetheless asks for damages to cover “past and future economic loss”—and also “Attorneys’ fees.” (Wilson’s filing doesn’t say what he’s charging himself.) The Counselor also requests damages to counter his “loss of reputation.” I wasn’t aware that Wilson had a good reputation to lose.
Counselor Wilson’s filing, ironically given its intent, paints a somewhat sympathetic figure of his estranged wife. Wilson—a man, again, who by his own admission hasn’t earned a cent since June 2007—affirms that he complained about his wife engaging in “unnecessary spending,” which led her to store some of her clothes at her workplace. And, Wilson admits, while he and his wife might have led a swingers’ lifestyle, “She was not forced when having sex with other couples or Pat Wilson.” I wonder where in the Bible Wilson found justification for his engaging in the sort of behavior that his attorney’s filing has conceded.
Counselor Wilson’s chief aim in his filing, however, seems to be to spread dirt against his wife. He passes along news that she admitted to “misappropriate [I’m assuming Counselor Wilson meant to say “inappropriate” here] sexual contact” with another man, her “paramour.” And, tapping into sexist sentiments that might have been mainstream in the 1970s, Counselor Wilson claims that his wife went to Delaware to live with her parents not to escape his tyrannical behavior but because “menopause” might have caused her “emotional problems.”
Counselor Wilson has requested a jury trial. He better hope there aren’t any women who sit in judgment of him.