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July 18, 2003

One aspect of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations ("RICO") statutes that is not widely known is that private citizens, not just government prosecutors, may bring charges under the statutes.

This legal ability was recently misused by the National Organization of (Leftist) Women in an attempt to stifle the speech of a group called the Pro-Life Action Network and to monetarily penalize the group for their protests. (In an 8 to 1 decision, the Supreme Court took a rather dim view of NOW's attempt at suppressing speech.)

On the other hand, if the statute is designed to prevent corrupt organizations from threatening damage to another party with the express goal of extracting cash from the threatened party (which to me seems a reasonable definition of "extortion") there is one particular organization that must be reined in -- the sooner the better. They enrich themselves at the expense of businesses, inflict economic damage that we all end up paying for, and they buy politicians to protect their nefarious schemes.

Never in the history of this country (or, indeed, the world) has a non-governmental organization profited so much by use of the bludgeon. The Mafia must be wishing they'd thought this one up; these vermin make the bull-necked men of la Cosa Nostra look like a bunch of 90-year-old blue-haired ladies by comparison.

I refer, of course, to the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

The ATLA (or more specifically, its minions) wreak havoc on our nation - frivolous and nuisance lawsuits, skyrocketing malpractice insurance rates, stupid disclaimers and warning labels on products... they line their own pockets at the expense of all of the rest of us.

(Links found at overlawyered.com)

Buying politicians... can anyone reasonably deny that the Democrat party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the ATLA? They routinely kill tort-reform legislation, and this time around one of their own - Edwards, who made his money suing doctors - is running for President. G-d help us all if someone like him is ever President.

Because of what these litigious brigands do and how they do it, I can read stories like this and feel little pity.

I say it's time to shut down the ATLA under the provisions of RICO. While lining their pockets, they make the goods and services I buy more expensive, they restrict my freedom to choose what to eat or drink, smoke, wear, shoot, or even how to entertain myself. They must be stopped, and the irony of doing so in a court of law makes the potential for justice so much sweeter.

There's just one problem...

Where am I going to find a lawyer?

Update, 19May2006: Almost three years later, Captain Ed has some good news.

Posted by Russ at 08:17 PM, July 18, 2003 in Idiots & Politics

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Ennit a bummer?

We finally get a tool we can use to stop those marauding malcontents (Trial Lawyers) and now we need an uncorrupted lawyer or two to help us in our efforts to rid the world of the scourge of lawyers...

Kinda inbred and self-incestuous, if yask me...

Posted by: SharpShooter at July 20, 2003 02:59 AM

Don't worry - once President Edwards has been sworn in he'll take care of this, because he's for the people, a regular Joe just like you and me! No conflict of interest here ...

Posted by: MarcV at July 21, 2003 01:32 PM