It's not every day that a guy goes home from a bad day in federal court—conviction on twelve felonies—and blogs about life. Former Fleishman-Hillard VP John Stodder, of course, has not been behaving like your usual defendant. He posts today:
I can't write anything specific about the jury's verdict yesterday. The process is not really over. So there's not a lot I can say right now, other than to echo my attorney's disappointment and disagreement with this result.
I'm grateful to everyone who stood by me, and continues to stand by me, during this mess.
There are many silver linings to this episode — nothing is all bad. At least three come immediately to mind:
Silver lining #1 is the discovery of the quality and depth of my relationships and the character of the people who matter the most to me — my wife, my son, my parents, my brothers and their families, my friends, so many of my former co-workers, people with whom I'd lost touch but who found me to express support, and to my total surprise, readers of this blog. I cannot thank all of you nearly enough.
Silver lining #2 is getting to know the brilliant and devoted people at Howrey Simon who represented me in this case, Jan Handzlik and his magnificent team.
Silver lining #3 is the opportunity this period of my life has given me to write this blog, to write a screenplay, and to delve into the seismic changes underway in the industries where I worked for the past 25 years. I will find outlets for the things I've learned so that I can share them with other interested people in the media and PR industries, with readers, and with future clients.
More at From the Desert to the Sea. But uh, I don't know that less-involved observers are thinking of Handzlik today as a brilliant litigator.