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Old 01-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #43
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this woman... put the cup of coffee between her knees and spilled the coffee when she pulled the lid off.
Sounds like she should have sued the mfg of the car she was driving due to it obviously lacking a cup holder.
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:38 PM   #44
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Sounds like she should have sued the mfg of the car she was driving due to it obviously lacking a cup holder.
Good point. I think cup holders have been required by NHTSA since at least the 70's or 80's. Now we know why.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:13 PM   #45
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Walmart Issue

I realize this is already a long thread, but thought I needed to comment... I just penned a letter to Walmart thanking them for their gracious hospitality. We frequently make Walmart-over-night stays when we travel. As mentioned by others, we drive hard and frequently late into the nights. After a long day on the road it is great to watch for the big Walmart sign and pull into the lot and hunker down for the night. In the AM we're inside picking up supplies (we make it a point to go in and support the folks that are so very gracious to us). This is a great option for those of us that are on a bit more of a time crunch when traveling. If you're not retired, you might share our perspective on the service this represents. If you appreciate their making this available, I might suggest letting them know. Sometimes a simple "Thank you" is the difference between going the extra mile or not... ...just say'in...

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Old 01-04-2011, 11:28 PM   #46
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Valentines Day

Great idea.

Maybe everyone who has docked at the WM on a non scheduled stop, should get organized and sign and send an email Valentines Card of Love and Thanks. It might even make the press on the positive side.


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Old 01-04-2011, 11:57 PM   #47
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It seems that the real problem is not the hot coffee at McDonalds or the intruder at Walmart, it is the lawyers going after "deep pockets." On the other hand, someone has to pay for the ammunition.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:52 AM   #48
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Deep pockets.

And the judges that allow them to. Sal.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:23 AM   #49
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It seems that the real problem is not the hot coffee at McDonalds or the intruder at Walmart, it is the lawyers going after "deep pockets." On the other hand, someone has to pay for the ammunition.
Need to adopt the "English Rule" whereby the plaintiff in an unsuccessful lawsuit has to pay the defendant's legal expenses. That would make the "lawsuit lottery" considerably less attractive.

Unfortunately it will never happen as long as the government is run by lawyers.
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Another neat English rule: If you lose your appeal against conviction, you must start your prison term over from scratch.
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Todays Headline. Texan, in prison 30 years, cleared of rape and robbery. Cornelius Dupree. Sal.
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Our judicial system allows for juries. They hear the evidence, arrive at a unanimous verdict and determin the outcome. I trust my fellow citizens judgment.

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I've been on several juries and the problem that I've seen is that the judge is free to decide what evidence you can and can't hear and what issues you are allowed to consider. The issue is usually decided in the jury room by answering a questionaire supplied by the judge and the jurists are only allowed to answer yea or nay to these questions and are blocked from addressing any other questions that may have occurred to them during the trial. It's because of this system that juries in Texas often are made coconspirators in the "convict at all costs" philosophy championed by most prosecuting attorneys. Justice is apparently only an occasional byproduct of the legal system and the civil system is influenced in the same manner as in the criminal system, and for many suits the trial is just a formality to authenticate the predetermined outcome.
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Faith in juries, as in "if it doesn't fit, you can't convict"?

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I've been on several juries and the problem that I've seen is that the judge is free to decide what evidence you can and can't hear and what issues you are allowed to consider. The issue is usually decided in the jury room by answering a questionaire supplied by the judge and the jurists are only allowed to answer yea or nay to these questions and are blocked from addressing any other questions that may have occurred to them during the trial. It's because of this system that juries in Texas often are made coconspirators in the "convict at all costs" philosophy championed by most prosecuting attorneys. Justice is apparently only an occasional byproduct of the legal system and the civil system is influenced in the same manner as in the criminal system, and for many suits the trial is just a formality to authenticate the predetermined outcome.
Spend a few minutes looking through this site. Fully Informed Jury Association
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You may change your idea of what a jury can and can't do.
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