Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, Court Is Now in Session

(Beware, the Judge is in a foul mood. [The Clerk of the Court.])

Notice to the judiciary: I'm growing more than just a little weary of seeing some of my learned colleagues and fellow jurists let illegal actions on the part of the Creditoris Squaliformes order be smothered under court-approved settlement agreements.

It's time for judges to find some cajones and step up to their duty to dispense justice instead of backing away from your responsibility. Every time one of these cases settles without exposing the company and its management you are facilitating the perpetuation of crimes against consumers.

I realize a lot of you have investments and they might include some among the squaliformes order; they're so damn tied together it's hard not to. But except in New York (where you don't have to worry about your conflicts in rulings involving financial institutions you have an interest in) the rest of you ought to start rethinking this bovine scatology of not wanting to rule against the predators. Especially where you're elected.

A word of warning: If you're elected and you have a track record of shielding the creditoris squaliformes by forcing victims to agree to secrecy in settlements instead of actually trying cases and exposing them for what they are, there's going to be a space (at the left) just for you.

Be it so ordered.

The Honorable Judge Roy Bean

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