Thursday, December 30, 2004
"Tort Reform" = Destroy Safety
The excellent blog It Affects You weighs in on the "tort reform" scam.
"Tort Reform", of course, really means two things:
1) Let big corporations do whatever they want without having to face the music when they hurt us,
2) Hurt a key Democratic fund base, the trial lawyers.
"Tort Reform" = Destroy Safeguards.
A few decades ago, there was a progressive legal reform movement called HALT aimed at simplifying legal procedures (http://www.halt.org/) but they never got around to asserting that people have a right not just to any old attorney but a competent and interested one, that legal reform means that laws have to be made simpler, and so on. A basic tenet should be that both sides have roughly equal resources. It's ludicrous that corporations should be able to spend 10 or 100 or 1000 times their opposition.
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