In a first since at least early 2003, a news story beginning with the headline “Well Known Local Attorney” did not end with further news of a scandal or in something hilariously gone bad.
As reported in this week’s Ohio Weekly Gazette, local news reporters began investigating Hank J. Spallman, a well-known personal injury lawyer in Shaker Heights, because they really had not heard much about him in a while. After four weeks of shadowing Spallman to learn more about his activities, the Gazette reported that there really wasn’t much there.
The resulting story, “Well Known Local Attorney Does Nothing Too Exciting in Last Month,” detailed how the reporters looked at Spallman’s past cases, his relationship with his staff, and his leadership positions with the local bar association, and “basically came up with bubkes. This guy’s as boring as boring gets, which makes this a new story, we think. At least for now.”