Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Trial Lawyers Are The
Fourth Branch Of Government

by Daniel J. Popeo - August 20th, 2009 - San Francisco Examiner

Ten years ago, notorious trial lawyer Dickie Scruggs, apparently frustrated with elected officials’ inaction on health care, decided to take matters into his own hands, filing class-action lawsuits against HMOs.

Reporting on the suits, Time magazine asked Scruggs whether the plaintiffs’ bar was trying to run America. His response, accompanied by laughter, was, “Somebody’s got to do it.”

Today, even though Scruggs is in jail, his manifest-destiny vision of private lawyers making public policy has become a troubling reality.

In arguments with lawyers I never seem to make any progress on getting them to accept that just because they think that something should be public policy does not mean that they should be able to get this from judges instead of through the legislative process. There also seems to be no respect for the concept that if something is legal under the law they should not also be permitted to punish those who they see as evil anyway.

The contemptible courts of our corrupt judicial system have subverted our form of government for so long that none of them see it as evil any longer. As noted in the article, billions of dollars in judgements have been won against people who never broke a law. They simply did something that trial lawyers saw as immoral, and corrupt judges with corrupt juries proceeded to extort money from them.

The courts are no longer a third branch of government with an appropriate role to control that the other two act responsibly under the law. They have become a fourth branch of government that acts as legislative and executive too with no meaningful restraints. An unelected and unregulated and uncontrolled fourth branch of government that is totally corrupt and totally evil.


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