The right to free speech was placed in amusing juxtaposition last month in downtown New Haven, Conn., on two billboards hanging side-by-side from a brick wall.
One bore the smiling visage of lawyer Carter Mario with the words, "Injured? Get Carter! Guaranteed tough!"
The other carried four images of a doctor with a dangling surgical mask, incrementally disappearing. It said, "Will Connecticut Be Next? Can Your Doctor Stay in Practice? Connecticut State Medical Society."
Some people were angered by the conflicting placement, says Tim Norbeck, executive director of the CSMS, but "I laughed." Norbeck says the billboard was part of a month-long campaign leading up to a White Coat Rally on March 26 at the state Capitol. "Talk about the reason for it, there it is."
Mario, who sues doctors for medical malpractice, says of the competing media, "I like it there because it's controversial. It just brings more attention to my board."