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  •  this is a newsworthy subject (4.00)
    If we are truly engaged in a letter writing campaign, this is the one to write today- I would love to submit a column or a letter about this, and I hope Bob will submit this for print, and more generally that the powers that be get this message.  

    This, from the Alliance for Justice:
    ROUTINELY BACKS CORPORATIONS AGAINST
    WORKER AND CONSUMER PROTECTIONS

    * Justice Owen reliably votes to throw out jury verdicts favoring workers and consumers against corporate interests and dismisses suits brought by workers for job-related injuries, discrimination and unfair employment practices. She has cast many such votes in dissent, with even her conservative colleagues - including former colleagues, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Senator John Cornyn - finding for the injured parties. If Justice Owen's views had become law: employees would have to endure almost limitless abusive behavior from
    their bosses to maintain a valid lawsuit; a teenager paralyzed in a car accident due to a faulty restraint system would not have been allowed to sue in Texas courts; a vacuum cleaner manufacturer that failed to conduct a
    background check before hiring a salesman with a history of sexual misconduct could not be held liable for salesman's on-the-job rape of a prospective customer; the Texas civil rights statute would require an employee to carry the near impossible burden of proving that discrimination was the exclusive reason for her dismissal,rather than a "motivating factor"; and a developer could have bypassed a city's water quality laws on the grounds that they infringed on its constitutional rights. In the water pollution case, the court's majority stated:
    "Most of Justice Owen's dissent is nothing more than inflammatory rhetoric and thus merits no response."

    How the rights of property versus the rights of the individual are balanced and interpreted by Federal judges is at least as important as the state v. individual clash, and a much more challenging political argument.  people understand that a corporate takeover of the judicial system screws them.

    a toast to the host who can boast the most roast.

    by AriJ on Wed May 18, 2005 at 04:16:47 PM PDT

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