More on how Trial Lawyers are Destroying the U.S.

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    Oh. My. Frelling. Gawd.

    Un-fooking-believable.

    In a handbook for trial lawyers, people who actually believe in our coutries founding values are identified as being not desirable for juries. Why? - because they are biased towards Personal Responsibility.


    We've all heard of race bias, gender bias, class bias, sexual orientation bias, et cetera. But maybe only a psychotherapist turned trial lawyer could come up with something called "personal responsibility bias." Apparently this affliction is especially pronounced among strange people with "traditional family values" and "strong religious beliefs."

    That, at least, is the view offered by David A. Wenner in an $800 handbook offered by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Entitled ATLA's Litigating Tort Cases, the book is advertised as "essential to every trial lawyer's library!" As a recent dispatch by CNSNews.com reports, in a chapter on juries Mr. Wenner suggests that Americans with a keen sense of personal responsibility are just not the type of people with whom you want to try to play the "blame game" -- especially "if the plaintiff was in the best position to avoid the injury."

    "The personal responsibility juror," writes Mr. Wenner, who served as co-chair of ATLA's Blue Ribbon Commission on Juror Bias, "tends to see the world with bright line rules on how people should act.... People should be self-reliant, responsible, and self-disciplined. When people act irresponsibly and are not self-disciplined, there are consequences. People must be accountable for their conduct."

    Hmmmmn. Mr. Wenner tells us these passages have been distorted: All he's trying to do is ensure a fair trial for plaintiffs. But what does it tell you about the current state of our legal system that the same virtues that would be an asset in a friend or spouse or employee are deemed a liability in a jury of one's peers?


    http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB107386216678701100,00.html?mod=opinion_main_review_and_outlooks
     
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    No kidding. Most of the people who get out of jury duty are probably going to be the most fair. Unfortunately, everyone gets a few chances to shirk that duty so we sometimes end up with a less than "peer grouping".

    Let's face it, the judicial system, both criminal and civil, is severely handicapped at this point.
     
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    I find it incredibly distressing that the values upon which this country was founded are increasingly under assault.

    Responsibility and self-sufficiency are being replaced by victimhood and neediness.

    This is not good.
     
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    Agreed. You only have to look at our welfare system to see that. The more money we give to help people, the more that is ever needed. It's scary how every step ahead seems like 10 steps backwards...first it was a level playing field so that people had decent food and water. They it was housing and healthcare. Now it's air conditioning, vehicles, vacations, holidays, tv's, certain kinds of foods, etc. When will it end??? A topic for another thread I'm sure.
     
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    Well, back on topic here.

    I truly believe that American Trial Lawyers have been a root cause of many of these problems. These parasites feed off of the system by encouraging victimhood and blame.

    Rule of Lawyers by Walter Olson is a good read on this problem:

    http://www.wisinfo.com/thereporter/news/archive/local_14086913.shtml

    And here is another good resource:

    http://www.triallawyersinc.com/


    All the harangues about big business off-shoring jobs would be better aimed at trial lawyers and their influence on legislation, regulation and the judiciary.
     

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