Buffalo attorney Matthew Kolken takes issue with our Aug. 7 post “…a classic American success story”, which quotes him:
I am writing this in response to your article found at http://www.overlawyered.com/2007/08/a_classic_american_success_sto.html
It is no surprise that my characterization of the Levin family was taken out of context.
What the press and your article have failed to explain is that my characterization of the Levin family as a classic American success story was in reference to the hardships that the family endured prior to coming to the United States as refugees in the late 1970s.
The family left the Soviet Union with only $500.00 in their pockets, and their wedding bands, because all of their possessions and money were confiscated as property of the State.
Without even knowing the language, Mr. and Mrs. Levin worked from nothing to afford their children a better life. They did all of this within the confines of the law, and I am honored to be considered part of their family.
Unfortunately, their son made a tremendous error in judgment. He has paid for this error, and is forced to live with his regret.
Thankfully in this country the sins of the son are not the sins of the father, or of the family, and shame on you for casting derision without first knowing all of the facts.
Matthew L. Kolken, Esq.