Daily Archives: December 31, 2011

Brief History Of Jubilees

from economist Michael Hudson, who is on the blogroll.  Starting with the ancient Sumerians, of all things.

It’s readable even though it’s kind of dense stuff, which is a tribute to Dr. Hudson’s rhetorical skills.

Highly recommended.  Especially for lawyers.

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It’s The Central Problem..

…of litigating on behalf of disfavored litigants.  Meaning personal injury plaintiffs and criminal defendants.  Meaning they are disfavored by judges, of course.

In John Grisham’s fictional legal world, judges are always fair and yield to the evidence, so Grisham just by-passes this problem as if it didn’t exist.  The only well known courtroom drama that portrays judges as they really are is Barry Reed’s “The Verdict”, and in the movie version the judge character is, I have to say, rather brilliantly portrayed by Irish stage and character actor Milo O’Shea.  In fact, his judge character, corrupt and biased as he is, is a considerable moral improvement over real life judges.

In order to give us a dramatic story and a happy ending, though, The Verdict – having decided to show judges as they really are – has to employ an entirely fictional plot device so that at the end, the jury gets to decide the case in favor of the Plaintiff.

That’s not how it goes in real life.

In real life, the corrupt judge who wants to protect the favored litigant and the big law firm, like the judge character in The Verdict does, simply dismisses the case before it ever gets to a trial.  And in real life no one other than the Plaintiff cares.  There is no public outrage, no news articles, no one inquires how it happens that the Plaintiff doesn’t get her day in court.  The beloved “system” just moves on to its next patsy.

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Filed under Judicial lying/cheating, Striking lawyers, wrongful convictions