The “Sergeant Schultz defense,” “I know nothing,” aka the Ostrich defense is when a appellant/defendant claims to be ignorant of the activities of an associate. They hide their heads in the sand feigning ignorance and hoping it will all just go away. Recently, Judge Poser of the 7th CA, ruled on ostrich like behavior by appellants in Gonzalez-Servin v. Ford Motor Company, 662 F.3d 931, (2011). Interestingly, it contains two graphic images, one of an ostrich with its head in the sand and one of an individual with his head stuck in the sand. This case was decided on Decided Nov. 23, 2011.
Hattip: Our colleague, Access Services/Government Documents Librarian & Lecturer in Law and librarian extraordinaire Judy Stark tipped us about this case. Do you think that the pictures in the opinion may say more than a thousand words can tell?
Mark Kloempken and Tove Klovning