Mini-Tort Reform

As a consequence of the recent healthcare controversy, where we argue most strongly for Tort Reform, each state can do its part as well right now.

In my view, the first part to consider can actually be done right here in the General Assembly right now. And that is to make a consistent “Loser Pays” condition for all suits brought before the Court.

This should reduce frivolous lawsuits, while at the same time not impacting the legal profession so significantly that they wouldn’t want to pass stronger legislation against their practice. At least I think so.

This should go a long way towards keeping our services, and products, pricing from rising so fast to keep us from a never ending inflationary spiral of costs.

Anyone want to rebut that?

DNA Testing Takes Too Long

Baltimore prosecutors dropped charges against a suspect that was caught last year (May/June 2008) and had been in jail since then until being released this last July (according to 45 Fox News).

This was because it took so long for the DNA test results to verify that the suspect’s DNA did NOT match that of the perpetrator of the crime!

According to Margaret Burns of the City Prosecutor’s Office there simply isn’t enough lab staff, and criminal analysts, to do the DNA testing on a timely basis. So there has been a request of stimulus money to help alleviate this problem.

So, the “suspect” that is now free – does he have a case to take the City to court? How about his year long incarceration? Our tax money supported him there, right?

Seems there is quite a problem with money in the City, and it is getting worse with a case such as this.