For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Parkdale Bank: Ray Mc Murrey Is From Here, He Still Believes Like It Says In The Intro, "I'll be a straight-shooter & a square-dealer "& He Does "Reme

Parkdale Bank: Ray Mc Murrey Is From Here, He Still Believes Like It Says In The Intro, "I'll be a straight-shooter & a square-dealer "& He Does "Remember The Alamo"


"I'll be as hardy of mind as I am of body. I'll be a straight-shooter and a square-dealer. My family name will be sacred My word will be as good as any contract. I'll remember the Alamo. I'll stick by my friends. And I'll eat more chicken-fried steak."

"We do not win by replacing a corporate Republican with a corporate Democrat," said Mr. McMurrey, speaking to about a dozen supporters at an East Austin residence.


Ray told me this before he spoke at his Official Announcement to run against the Corporate Democratic Military Industrial Complex Candidate for Texas US Senator.

A very passionate candidate who is anything other than a fake or what some like to call a politician.

Ray is not a Politician and this is a very very positive attribute.

Dont get me wrong he is very well suited for the Senate and the diplomacy is there but there is a sternness that demands his respect kind of like the respect and command he possesses in the classroom. I think we can all agree, if he can handle our youth in the classroom he will do well for us in Washington.

Two more things

Remember the Alamo

and

Stay tuned for Jan 2 next year.

"We do not win by replacing a corporate Republican with a corporate Democrat," said Mr. McMurrey, speaking to about a dozen supporters at an East Austin residence.


Ray Mc Murrey is from Corpus Christi.

He tells us upfront of his progressive leanings and his disappointment in both of the Hegemonic Parties.

Hegemony,.... Watch the Movie "Hot Fuzz".

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Exact Science of Junk Science: Brown Bags, Asbestos, & Silicosis. Judicial Hellhole, Ring of Hell or Corporate Welfare Zone?

'Judicial hellhole' is junk journalism





I note the Dec. 19 publication of Mary Ann Cavazos' story "South Texas called a judicial hellhole for 6th straight year." Most reputable papers have stopped printing this garbage. It is strictly a spin document, released with little or no research, and is designed solely to influence future members of juries to vote for corporate and insurance interests, who fund the publishing of the document.

During this year, where the Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf Coast earned the second spot of judicial hellholes across the entire country, can you point me to a single eight-figure verdict in Corpus Christi or the Rio Grande Valley?

While I spent much of the year in a Senate race, and thus am not completely up to speed on the issue, I can find no one who can point me to a single million-dollar verdict this year in Corpus Christi. I can find no one who can point me to more than two such verdicts in the Valley this year.

There are more than 1.5 million people in the area covered by the silver medalist in this report. Instead of printing junk fiction pumped out by the PR machines of the American Tort Reform Association, perhaps the Caller-Times should focus its efforts on the good work that earnest, hardworking lawyers across South Texas are doing to protect the constitutional rights and safety of our citizens.

Ford Pintos exploding upon impact, Firestone tires falling apart in the Texas heat, Chrysler minivans ejecting belted children due to poor door latches, hundreds killed and injured at a BP refinery due to gross neglect by corporate chieftans, countless bad drugs pulled from the market because of no effective regulatory controls at the FDA and pharmaceutical companies decisions to place profits over patient's lives (Rezulin, Baycol, Fen-Phen, Vioxx), old ladies subjected to unnecessary second surgeries to replace tainted hip implants. The list goes on and on.

The citizens of the Valley and Gulf Coast have been victimized by poor decisions in corporate boardrooms, favoring greed over safety. Citizens serving on juries in Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf Coast have done their constitutional duty, and in doing this most honorable service, have protected their fellow citizens from the unkind actions of others, and have made our country a safer place.

Mass publication of the American Tort Reform Association's garbage is nothing but a veiled campaign by its funders -- large corporations and insurance companies -- to distort and deny common citizens of their right to an impartial trial by jury. This has grave constitutional implications, and discredits those great Americans and Texans who came before us.

In colonial America, the right of colonists to a trial by jury was abrogated by King George in the Stamp Act and the Navigation Act. Our forefathers rose up to secure this and other critical rights of citizenship. The denial of a right to trial by jury is the second grievance in our Declaration of Independence, second only to "taxation without representation." The right to a trial by jury, constantly under attack by the American Tort Reform Association, was fought for by George Washington and our constitutional founders.

It is demeaning to their legacies to print this garbage year after year after year, while ignoring the fine work our fellow citizens do every time they appear to fulfill their constitutional right and duty to serve on a jury in civil cases. When they listen to all the evidence in a court of law, their verdict should be respected and applauded. Instead, the verdict of 12 impartial citizens is slandered by monied interests in this country, who can count on corporate-owned newspaper chains to blindly print their garbage year after year after year. Shame on them and on the Caller Times for consistently agreeing to participate in carrying their water.

Mikal Watts, a native of Corpus Christi, is a trial attorney. His firm, the Watts Law Firm, has offices in Corpus Christi, Edinburg, San Antonio, Austin and Houston.



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Post 1 December 21, 2007 at 6:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What a crock! "The citizens of the Valley and Gulf Coast have been victimized by poor decisions in corporate boardrooms, favoring greed over safety. Citizens serving on juries in Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf Coast have done their constitutional duty, and in doing this most honorable service, have protected their fellow citizens from the unkind actions of others, and have made our country a safer place."

"Greed over safety"? Pot calling kettle black comes to mind, sheesh!

Leave it to a Corpus attorney of such questionable character to blame the corporations for the greedy nature of local attorneys and the populace. Everyone in this community is trying to hit the lotto, witness the thousands of fraudalent claims as such broken foundations and mold, and no, I am not a member of any organization, just not easily taken by a bunch of lies.

Post 2 December 21, 2007 at 7:47 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The irony of having a personal injury lawyer write this article just adds to the credibility of this report.

As a professional, non-lawyer who has suffered through jury duty and seen our local court in action, I can't say that Corpus is worse than other areas, but I can say that the judicial system is not about truth or justice, but it is about "winning" and "losing" and is something that angers one with integrity and a sense of moral right.

Post 3 December 21, 2007 at 8:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Of course Mikal Watts would think say "we don't have frivolous lawsuits".

I'll take your challenge Mikal, if you read this look under the comments from the actual article. One of the examples was "gasp" a case won by YOU. That article was right on the money and it doesn't have to be a "million dollar lawsuit" to ruin lives. The words “I’ll sue” seem to be what’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days, especially in CC.

By the way, out of the 42 million in that ONE suit how much did you get and how much for the “victim receiving justice”? That’s what I thought. Its lawyers like you with YOUR GREED that are the bigger problem to our judicial system.

By the way, what was the REAL reason you dropped out of the senate race…

Go back in your hole its safer there.

Post 4 December 21, 2007 at 8:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The victims do indeed have an "absolute right" to trial by jury unless they have waived it.

BUT......

Lawyers do not have an absolute right to become millionairs by picking and choosing where they file the suits in hopes of finding sympathetic people that don't understand that when they make big awards for "pain and sufferings" that they are in effect engaging in "taxation without representation". The common ordinary people you "personal injury" lawyers claim you are trying to help and defend,, are actually the ones that end up paying..

All the injured person should be able to get is medical treatment and lost wages unless it can be shown that the injury was the result of willful neglect or malicious intent!!!!

All you lawyers should get is is what you claim you are trying to achieve. Justice for the injured and good reputations for helping the little guy. Your living should come from doing legal work that doesn't cause price inflation and restriction of the availabliity of doctors and medical services.

The framers of the Constitution never intended for the system to be distorted into the monster it now is where a business that uses a part that was made by another business (door latches) can be sued into near bankruptsy by being held financially responsable for the total liability even though they didn't know the part manufacturer was producing defective parts.

The framers of the Constitution certainly never intended for Doctors to be held responsable for injuries that occure during birth when the women had done nothing to ensure that their child would develop properly and in many cases had deliberately engaged in behavious that would result in sickness and/or disease and/or deformities of the child.

I just read an article about how specialist doctors are refusing emergency room calls because of fear of being sued. I don't really blame them.. Who in their right mind would be willing to show up in the middle of the night to do an emergency delivery of a baby for a crack addict knowing that there is a lawyer standing by looking for a target to sue.. How about the neurosurgeon that is called in the middle of the night to do brain surgery on the drunken motorcyclist that was riding without a healmet and again there is a lawyer waiting in the lobby to sue the doctor if the "victim" doesn't emerge good as new.

We need the English system where the loser pays all the court costs and lawyers fees and the defense has complete freedom to present evidence of culpability on the part of the "victim". This would do more to stop frivilous lawsuits that are used to intimidate good businesses and doctors into "settling" simply to avoid the possiblity of venue shopping and jury manipulation that may result in a lawyer buying a new ocean front house than any other reform that can possibly enacted.

openletter2004

Post 5 December 21, 2007 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)

best comedy I've seen in a while. thx for the laugh Mr Watts. Since you brought up 8 figure verdicts. It's a rumor your cut from the Firestone/Ford case was 8 figures.

Post 6 December 21, 2007 at 11:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"Most reputable papers have stopped printing this garbage"
Are you questioning the Caller-Times reputation and judgement? If so, wouldn't your contribution be suspect and "garbage"?

Post 7 December 21, 2007 at 9:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I find it interesting that not a single post that is anti Watts, gave any thought or admission of the Fact that Corporations do indeed put greed over saftey,

if Doctors did not cover up for incompentent Doctors, if Corporations did in fact care more for the consumer then thier Bottom line, then there would be no need for the Legion of Trial Attorneys in this and every other County,

How about it folks does no one find it interesting that the people against law suits, (I do not use the word Abuse, because like it or not, it is not the lawyers getting the Wins, it is the Juries finding that the Corporations were guilty,)

never ever say " we need for the Corporations or Medical profession to raise the standards on consumer safety

The Standard response is going to be that Juries are led by the nose,

Remember, Juries are made up of people from all walks and professions, the simple minded idiot that they will describe
IS YOU !

Post 8 December 22, 2007 at 4:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I am not a lawyer but I would bet any amount of money that any of you would do the same thing if you were smart enough to go law school and pass the bar exam. Well maybe not post 2 since YOU describe yourself as "one with integrity and a sense of moral right." Bunch of hippocrites!

Post 9 December 22, 2007 at 5:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Doctor's are still not policing their own to cut down on medical malpractice - and yes malpractice does exist. Automobile companies and other corporations have proven time and time again that unless the cost os the lawsuits which have been the results of people dying from their errors, outweighs the cost of the recall - they will not recall their products. Whatever evil we like to believe lurks in the chests of our lawyers - they have done a service to millions of people getting corporations to clean up their acts. I think we need to seriously question why it is so many no wish to put the corporations in the drivers seat - and throw out jurisprudence. Do I believe that our legal system should be considered a lottery ticket? No. But I do believe that careful and considerate juries are the answer.

Post 10 December 22, 2007 at 11:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There are very important reasons for lawsuits. Have you ever heard of the McWane Corporation? This Birmingham Alabama corporation, which bought Tyler Pipe & Foundry, is a poster child for corporate greed at the expense of employees lives & safety and environmental destruction and pollution.

I will never give up my right to sue, even if the lawyer does benefit. We can't just stupidly follow the "lawsuit abuse" quacks! Pay attention, Americans!

Post 11 December 23, 2007 at 7:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Post 7 - "I find it interesting that not a single post that is anti Watts, gave any thought or admission of the Fact that Corporations do indeed put greed over safety,"

Define "GREED!" If you define it as profit, a good return on their investment, you're right! Next, you need to define "SAFETY!" Some jobs are simply DANGEROUS! People know that when they take those jobs, and take them BECAUSE they're dangerous, because that also means the PAY is higher!

It's easy to use words such as "GREED" but I dare you to show many ANYONE who is in business for the FUN OF IT! It's easy to point to "SAFETY" as a concern, but isn't it HUMAN ERROR that causes most accidents in the work place? Who are those "HUMANS" who make the errors? More often than not, they're the EMPLOYEES of the company, not some stockholder in a boardroom.

What is a CORPORATION? Isn't that a group of people who INVEST THEIR MONEY TOGETHER in some enterprise, hoping it will return a profit so their money will grow? Do YOU work for NO PROFIT? Do you work for EXPENSES ONLY?

Personal injury lawyers (like Mikal Watts) get FILTHY RICH! Isn't that GREED of the highest order? Aren't they getting RICH off the misfortune of the poor, working men and women?

40% of 42 million dollars is more than 16 MILLION DOLLARS! Do you really think he WORKED THAT HARD? How long and how hard would YOU have to work to make 16 MILLION DOLLARS? All your life and still be about 15 MILLION SHORT?

Corporations make a profit, that's what they're supposed to do, then distribute that profit to MILLIONS OF SHAREHOLDERS, a few hundred dollars to each. How many SHAREHOLDERS does Mikal Watts distribute his MILLIONS in profit to?

Invest your extra money instead of spending it on that new car, buy stocks in some MAJOR CORPORATION (like Valero) which turns a profit, so stock value increases, so you can someday retire and LIVE OFF THAT INCOME! That makes you part of one of those GREEDY CORPORATIONS Mikal Watts refers to, without which there would be no JOBS for any of the working people of the world to hold and make a living!

Of course, they wouldn't have many SAFETY concerns since fishing and/or picking wild berries are not usually very dangerous...

muffin

Post 12 December 23, 2007 at 8:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Muffin - stop yelling at us... we get that you are for business, but that doesn't mean it should be without due diligence when it comes to safety, of their employees, of their customers, etc. Sometimes the only way the consumers and employees can drive home their point about those safety issues is through legal channels. It takes balance!

Post 13 December 23, 2007 at 10:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

and just why did he drop out of the senate race?

Post 14 December 23, 2007 at 12:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Watts is full of it - just like his dad.

Post 15 December 23, 2007 at 8:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

KUDOS OPENLETTER2004!!!! You rock!!!

Amazing how so many are quick to give blame to doctors..... and believe that many of them deserve that is coming to them for malpractice. Granted there are many situations in which the physician is accountable for their actions due to negligence, but after working in the medical community and after having several dear friends in the medical field, it is apparent that our society is constantly looking for someone to be "accountable" and these ambulance chasers in our community are greedy and take advantage of so many with their ploys.

I have witnessed parents of premature infants, born at 24 weeks with major organ development issues and some that are dependent on drugs or have other issues to do neglect on the part of the mother. They expect the neonatal physicians and staff to perform miracles on these children. Their quality of life, what it may be, is very poor and the outcome is 85% not in favor of what our selfish society would like it to be. They want to "sue" the ob/gyn for not informing them of "something" in advance. They want to "sue" a geneticist for not letting them know of some malformation that may occur. Look at what TJH did..... OR attempted to do. SET UP SHOP ACROSS FROM DCH (Driscoll). He might as well have stood on the sidewalk as preemies were brought in and had a card placed on the isolet next to the child's information. IT IS PATHETIC HOW THEY PREY ON THE WEAK....

Sometimes, the world is just not "perfect".... sometimes things happen..... But in the litigious society of South Texas is wrought with attorneys that specialize in personal injury and medical neglect. Per capita, check out the local phone books if you don't believe, the attorney to resident ratio is out-of-control. It is an ego-centrinic world they reside in and as long as they get their $$$ it doesn't matter how well the individuals fair in the matter..... but then again only a personal injury lawyer would feel comfortable making money off another person's loss. Again... PATHETIC.

Post 16 December 23, 2007 at 8:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Remember this when you are looking to strike it rich with the Nueces County Lottery , if:

You purchase a hot cup of coffee.... IT MIGHT BE HOT..... Go figure! No need for a college education for this no-brainer!

You tresspass on private property and are legal or illegal citizen... YOU MIGHT GET SHOT.... (case in Arizona/New Mexico where illegals sued a rancher for "harming them" while they were stealing from his land) ** Which brings in a whole other scenario that unless you are a legal citizen of a country, you should not be able to take legal action against a citizen of said country.

You don't seek prenatal care for you and your unborn child....there may be complications..... Therefore don't procreate or practice the act of procreation until you are at an age where you are mature enough to understand the responsiblities that go along with it.

The list could go on and on and does @ power-of-attorneys. It is a dot com that list some bizarre lawsuits filed by PI lawyers.... It's a joke folks.... THINGS HAPPEN.... ACCEPT IT AND GO ON... UNLESS IT IS DONE WITH SOME INTENT ON HARMING YOU.... THAT YOU CAN PROVE..... LET IT GO.... You'll spend your life miserable and there is no amount of money to make that go away!

Post 17 December 23, 2007 at 11:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time!

Post 18 December 24, 2007 at 7:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

This is a desperate joke of an article, Mr. Watts. Truth is the coastal bend is a legal hellhole, civil and criminal!

Post 19 December 24, 2007 at 10:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Post 12 - "Sometimes the only way the consumers and employees can drive home their point about those safety issues is through legal channels. It takes balance!"

You're right, it does. The problem is, it's hard to find "balance" in our South Texas legal system.

A hospital gets sued because a Nurse gets kidnapped from their parking lot! That's balanced? No, it's STUPID, DERANGED!

Once upon a time, in the far, dim reaches of past memory, a JUDGE took a look at lawsuits to decide whether or not they had merit, tossed the frivolous ones in "File 13" and chastised the lawyer involved for filing them and wasting the courts time! How often does that happen in our legal system today? Isn't it a FACT that it occurs so rarely it makes big news when it happens? At the same time, lawsuit after lawsuit makes it's way through our courts when a little LOGIC would have short-stopped them before they ever got started.

South Texas certainly has no corner on stupid lawsuits but we have more than our fair share of them. One primary cause is the modern process is "Jury Selection." I once got called for jury duty where a chemical spill was involved, supposedly causing respiratory problems for a child. As soon as the attorney for the plaintiff learned I had knowledge of the chemical industry, I was dismissed. Why do you suppose that was? For starters, the "chemical" involved was ISOPROPANOL! For anyone who doesn't know, that's RUBBING ALCOHOL in it's pure form, before it's diluted with WATER and bottled for anyone and everyone to buy at the Grocery Store! Not exactly a chemical known for causing respiratory problem, especially not from a leaking drum in a storage building across the alley, especially not when the problem was found the DAY IT OCCURRED and cleaned up in accordance with OSHA standards.

Plaintiff Lawyers try very hard to weed out any juror who might actually understand what they're talking about, rather than having to accept their "SPIN" on some subject. This is counter-productive for a FAIR and HONEST hearing on the issue. It's dirt-common, throughout our legal system, just like "Court Shopping" to find some Judge who might be sympathetic to the plaintiff's cause. BOTH processes are designed to maximize damage awards, rather than to get a "Fair Hearing" on the complaint.

Find me a Nurse or a Doctor on a jury anywhere, involving medical malpractice! You can't! They won't be there because they would UNDERSTAND what happened, and the rest of the jury would LISTEN to them! Not a good situation for the plaintiff in most cases.

The list goes on and on. I could pontificate for HOURS and PAGES but I'll stop now. BALANCE is the last thing Personal Injury Lawyers ever want to find in the courtroom...

muffin

Post 20 December 25, 2007 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Self serving, self righteous pompous horse’s rear. The personification of greed and corruption. Tell us again please why you dropped out of the Senate race. I suspect you will be singing another tune when Mauricio drops the dime.

Post 21 December 25, 2007 at 11:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Post 2 December 21, 2007 at 7:47 a.m.
"... the judicial system is not about truth or justice, but it is about "winning" and "losing" and is something that angers one with integrity and a sense of moral right."

There's no better way to say it!

Tort Reform appears absolutely necessary, and yet already tainted with opposite extremes. The madness that represents our legal system reaches out to every avenue of basic life, and chokes out the understanding of Justice supposedly served. Not very many years ago, lawyers and the courts actually served Justice, and doctors actually practiced health conscious medicine too.

What about the corporate mentality of those two professions? What about the complacency that now occupies their minds to indoctrinate the matters of corporate level preservation into the professions involved? The only way to overcome indoctrinated, and incorporated corruption remains removing the opportunities available. It's been a long time since I have seen a doctor or a lawyer that is not intellectually preoccupied with systematic, cultural, or social stigmas. The professions are both inundated with such to the point of lacking purpose, benefit, and ethical credibility. Neither serves the basic needs assigned, and both appear to have abandoned basic principles.

A man died of asbestos poisoning after YEARS of being called a LIAR by DROVES of corporate minded doctors and lawyers. After his death, and autopsy, the lawyers couldn't wait to settle. Several cases directly related to his had been settled several years before he died. His should have too. Although the benefits to occupational related safety do serve over all justice, these types of trial lawyers and the reasons they exist very obviously do not.

Trial lawyers of these types are a breed created by corporate level preservation, and corruption. To overcome that, all levels of opportunity created by it need to be stopped. Let the corporate cards fall where they may, and when they are guitly as charged - rebuild on the ruins with the knowledge of obviously justified corporate failure. The courts are more than capable of calling corporate level legalities to order, and all levels of extensive, expensive, and repetitive delays need to stop.

A group of men who worked directly together should not have had to wait past the first occupational related death for obviously deserved Justice.

How dare Mr. Watts, or any other such corporately minded lawyer use the purposes of the lives like this man's to feed their own unethically produced legal system egos. May he and those like him take their intellectual stupidity right down to the unemployment office immediately.

Post 22 December 26, 2007 at 3:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Okay I will admit I have not read ALL posts but I read #15~ Yes the problem is there are individuals who prey on the weak and refuse to educate those that are ignorant. All the more reason South Texas needs a Law School.

It is unconscionable to say , oh well, "the world is not perfect" or "crap happens" because i suspect you would never stand up for what is just and "the right thing to do".

If you were you would know that no attorney , Especially in South Texas would bother taking a case since that TLR Crap was passed, unless it was justice and accountability but it certainly would not be for pittance of those PREYING TLR groups 250K they spend in one night in Vegas.
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#20~ I think you dropped a dime @14 years ago and want it back so badly you are still looking for it.
Do not let us stop you, keep looking for it while the dollars love stupid, greedy dimes, oops i mean "Two 4 a nickels", do the dirty work but when the "nest egg" on paper ain't there when you retire you will wish them all the best , right?

Good for you, anything to subsidize those of you self serving Enronian Frauds?

Working at wal mart @59 because a corporate or "private sector" system "glitch" or "loophole" they will have you to thank and you will be at the "TWC" freebies for your labor ready services.

In aDvance, I told you so.

Post 23 December 27, 2007 at 2:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I read recently that 100% of doctors in the S TX Valley area had lawsuits filed against them in the last 5 years. I think "judicial hellhole" is putting it mildly

Post 24 January 9, 2008 at 4:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If that were true then the Med mal insurance companies would pay and everyone knows the reason they don't is because they are TLR.

You lie post 23 and all the physicians know it.

What are the names of those companies?

Post 25 January 9, 2008 at 9:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Medical Malpractice Insurance in Texas was so expensive, Doctors were once moving out and/or refusing to participate in hi-risk medical procedures. That's a fact, a documented statistic. A woman with a high-risk pregnancy couldn't find a Doctor to take care of her and her unborn child.

Texas passed a law which placed "limits" on the amount of money available for "pain and suffering" (not actual damages) under medical liability policies. The "COST" of such coverage started dropping almost immediately and Doctors started coming back, practicing medicine like before. They're still coming.

"High-Risk" patients can now get the medical treatment they need and deserve. That's a "POSITIVE" result for everyone who does NOT have a desire to "SUE WHOEVER IS AVAILABLE" (that would be most of us) in an attempt to get filthy rich playing "LAWSUIT LOTTO!"

The end result is positive for 99% of the people in Texas. Let the "LAWYERS" all move out-of-state, while the Doctors are encouraged to stay...

Post 26 January 9, 2008 at 10:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

post 24 Nope. I read something to that effect in a newspaper when visiting a client in the valley. Please look it up yourself instead of falsely accusing me.

I would like to refute the rest of your post, but it doesn't make sense.

Post 27 January 9, 2008 at 12:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In the opening lines post 21 states "... the judicial system is not about truth or justice, but it is about "winning" and "losing" and is something that angers one with integrity and a sense of moral right."

I agree that the judicial system is not about truth and justice; however, I believe the motivation is more onerous then winning or losing. I believe it is about money, specifically the 40% contingency fee + expenses collected by lawyers. Many times they dont even have to do anything but file the suit because defendant insurance companies will settle to avoid the significant expense of litigation, despite the defandents lack of culpability.

In a law suit:
the plantif either gains or does not gain but loses nothing.
the defendants lawyer gains, if they prevail in the case, or loses their "expense" investment.
the defendants lawyer always gains.
the defendant always loses even if they win the case.

Law suits are set up to support the over abundance of lawyers found in most cities.

We do not need a law school we already have to many lawyers.

Post 28 January 12, 2008 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Post 23 said..."I read recently that 100% of doctors in the S TX Valley area had lawsuits filed against them in the last 5 years. I think "judicial hellhole" is putting it mildly"

That is correct and most of the doctors will settle out of court rather than take a chance with a jury. That is why there are few mega-million dollar awards Mr. Watts. There are however, thousands of out of court settlements and that is why CC is a judicial hellhole. One bad ruling and the doctor is ruined for life. The lawyer who loses a case simply moves on to sue the next highly insured doctor. Most of your kind make me sick. YOUR GREED costs everyone a bundle. The cost of goods is driven sky-high by the cost of insurance needed to protect us, not from evil corporations but from blood sucking lawyers.

Post 29 January 15, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Post 27 - "I agree that the judicial system is not about truth and justice; however, I believe the motivation is more onerous then winning or losing. I believe it is about money, specifically the 40% contingency fee + expenses collected by lawyers."

Of course it's about "money." That's what WINNING means in a civil suit, since no other penalty can be assessed by a civil court!

That's also why "TORT REFORM" is a legitimate way to minimize frivolous lawsuits!

A business (corporation) or an insurance company can afford to FIGHT BACK when the most they have to lose is a quarter million dollars. With the possibility of losing MULTI-MILLIONS they'd rather "settle" for some sum that won't bankrupt them and that's what plaintiff's attorney count on! A whole lot of lawsuits never get filed when the attorney knows he'll have to PROVE HIS CASE IN COURT because that's hard to do when you can't actually identify GROSS NEGLIGENCE on the part of the company being sued! (You know, like when someone pours HOT COFFEE in their own lap!)

With the possibility of Big Bucks out of the picture, no sane attorney will take a half-baked case to court on "contingency" so only legitimate claims get filed.

The legitimate claims deserve to be filed and heard. At the same time, civil suits were not intended to make someones extended family filthy rich so they still provide for REAL DAMAGES (no limit) which can be proved and that would include the loss of future earning capacity, so someone hurt and unable to work can get all their Doctor and hospital bills paid for the rest of their life, PLUS monthly insurance payments to replace their lost income if they can no longer work! An "Attorney" can't get his hands on any part of that. What they CAN'T collect anymore is "TEN MILLION DOLLARS" for pain and suffering! That little item is now limited to $250 thousand, and 40% of that sum doesn't make the lawyer filthy rich! The result is, since he'll probably also get a chance to PROVE the claim in court, most lawyers no longer file flaky lawsuits, which makes life cheaper and better for all the rest of us...

muffin...

Post 30 January 16, 2008 at 9:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Post 25: "A woman with a high-risk pregnancy couldn't find a Doctor to take care of her and her unborn child."

Lie! The truth is that she is poor, most doctors do not work for free.

Post 25:"Medical Malpractice Insurance in Texas was so expensive, Doctors were once moving out and/or refusing to participate in hi-risk medical procedures."

What are you babbling about?

Ask any doctor and he/she will tell you that as soon as that TLR crap was passed, their insurance premiums went up!

That is a fact! Quit spreading lies!

Why does the insurance companies get subsidized by the government?

Ask the "OIG" how much the state allegedly pays per month per covered individual for premiums?

Sunday, December 09, 2007

B.A.C.A.L.A.: Velacrat is making friends with the Federal Entrapment gang and sycophants up to the ones he believes will elevate his Rose

B.A.C.A.L.A.: Abel Herrero has proven himself and his record is there for all to see; he is a fine representative



Abel Herrero has proven himself and his record is there for all to see. I am proud of Abel, he is a fine representative.

There is a natural law I always like to follow, "If it isnt broke , then it don't need fixin".

On the other hand,


















Velacrat is making friends with the Federal Entrapment gang and sycophants up to the ones he believes will elevate his Rose to a Federal Judicial Bench.




Is Fil Vela going into the fraud abuse prosecution racket & the manufacturing of fraud abuse prosecutions?

Inroads (for GOP) into South Texas?
















Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!



















TLR?? ..................................three little bitty letters;















nah, I wouldnt worry bout em.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

South Texas Judicial Watch Dog Authority: A Bill for the Creation of a Robstown Nueces County Constitutional Judge?

Now, Dick Cheney can shoot who he pleases and whenever he chooses to; after all was not Bo Hubert (John John's Consanguinity) one of the ones who covered the incident up for the inebriated Dick ?

South Texas Judicial Watch Dog Authority: I submit the legislation to be illegal, unconstitutional and in violation of election codes, government codes and a circumvention of trickery to spite the failed legislation that attempted (and failed) to create a new Judicial district in Kleberg & Kenedy Counties.

Sen Bill 1951 of the 80th Leg: 1 District Court with 2 District Attorneys no where else but the 105

Posted on November 14, 2007 at 11:52:34 PM by Jaime Kenedeno



Isn't that like having 2 Attorney Generals for the same state.

Can a County elect 2 County Attorneys

Can a County have 2 County Attorneys for the same county.

ADA's & ACA's are not elected nor are they appointed to serve by the Governor.

I submit the legislation to be illegal, unconstitutional and in violation of election codes, government codes and a circumvention of trickery to spite the failed legislation that attempted to create a new district in Kleberg & Kenedy Counties.

The legislation that created the New District Attorney Position in Kleberg & Kenedy County must be challenged.

There is only one district.

There can only exist 1 District Attorney per District.

"Anything else, would be uncivilized"

Senate Bill 1951 of the 80th Legislature

Political Bigomy After All Karl Rove is From Utah
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 00:41:33 AM by Jaime Kenedeno



Is it not illegal for two to be espoused to one?

Think we can legislate another Congressional Rep for the 27th Cong Dist to help Solomon with the "backlog" of legislation in the applicable counties.

The precedent has been created get busy and start exploiting it.

A Robstown Nueces County Constitutional Judge?

Create a County Constitutional Judge's office for both Robstown & Calallen/Annavile, and get Gov. Rick Perry to give the nod to Patti or Randolph Boothe or Sam Keech as first County Constitutional Judge of Robstown & Calallen/Annaville.


Political Bigomy After All Karl Rove is From Utah
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 00:41:33 AM by Jaime Kenedeno



Is it not illegal for two to be espoused to one?

Think we can legislate another Congressional Rep for the 27th Cong Dist to help Solomon with the "backlog" of legislation in the applicable counties.

The precedent has been created get busy and start exploiting it.

A Robstown Nueces County Constitutional Judge?

Create a County Constitutional Judge's office for both Robstown & Calallen/Annavile, and get Gov. Rick Perry to give the nod to Patti or Randolph Boothe or Sam Keech as first County Constitutional Judge of Robstown & Calallen/Annaville.


Potential Juror 26........
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 00:59:29 AM by d1

was told "Just trying to stay out of trouble"....LIAR...because If you were "you lied"!

Go back to Iraq where they need your kind of prosecution......I forgot your Farsi/Arabic sucks.

"Your Honor, I'm gonna have to spend the rest of the summer in the library"

More like the rest of your life......Your hate is well documented as you can READ English, do you understand/comprehend English?

TLR/Totally Live Recognition........Now, Dick Cheney can shoot who he pleases and whenever he choices to.

With you in his pocket....no need to utilize Jaime Powell.
WATT is the Number of the Judicial District for this so called District Attorney
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 01:21:39 AM by Jaime Kenedeno

Sec. 43.182. DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR KLEBERG AND KENEDY
COUNTIES. (a) The voters of Kleberg and Kenedy Counties elect a
district attorney. The district attorney has the same powers and
duties as other district attorneys and serves the district courts
of Kleberg and Kenedy Counties.
(b) The district attorney shall attend each term and session
of the district courts of Kleberg and Kenedy Counties and shall
represent the state in criminal cases pending in those courts. The
district attorney has control of any case heard on petition of writ
of habeas corpus before any district or inferior court in the
district.

(c) The commissioners courts of the counties comprising the
district may supplement the state salary of the district attorney.
The amount of the supplement may not exceed $12,000 a year. The
supplemental salary must be paid proportionately by the
commissioners court of each county according to the population of
the county. The supplemental salary may be paid from the officers'
salary fund of a county. If that fund is inadequate, the
commissioners court may transfer the necessary funds from the
general fund of the county.


The Legislation Failed but if you notice the language is the same
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 01:26:39 AM by Jaime Kenedeno



Sec.i24.567.ii423RD JUDICIAL DISTRICT (KENEDY AND KLEBERG COUNTIES). (a) The 423rd Judicial District is composed of Kenedy and Kleberg Counties.

(b)iiThe 423rd District Court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(c)iiIn addition to other jurisdiction provided by law, the 423rd District Court has concurrent jurisdiction with the county courts in Kenedy and Kleberg Counties and the statutory county court in Kleberg County over all matters of civil and criminal

3832 79th Legislature — Regular Session 79th Day

jurisdiction, original and appellate, in cases over which a county court has jurisdiction under the constitution and laws of this state. Matters and proceedings in the concurrent jurisdiction of the 423rd District Court and the county court or county court at law may be filed in either court and all cases of concurrent jurisdiction may be transferred between the 423rd District Court, the county court, and the county court at law. However, a case may not be transferred from one court to another without the consent of the judge of the court to which it is transferred, and a case may not be transferred unless it is within the jurisdiction of the court to which it is transferred.

(b)iiSection 24.207, Government Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec.i24.207.ii105TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ([KENEDY, KLEBERG, AND] NUECES COUNTY [COUNTIES]). (a) The 105th Judicial District is composed of [Kenedy, Kleberg, and] Nueces County [counties]. The court shall give preference to criminal cases.

(b)iiThe terms of the 105th District Court begin[:

[(1)iiin Kenedy County on the first Mondays in June and December;

[(2)iiin Kleberg County on the first Mondays in April and October; and

[(3)iiin Nueces County] on the first Mondays in February and August.

(c)iiThe judge, with the approval of the commissioners court, may appoint an official interpreter of the court [in Nueces County] who serves at the will of the judge. The official interpreter shall take both the constitutional oath of office and an oath that he will faithfully interpret all testimony in the district court as official interpreter. The oath is sufficient for his service as official interpreter in all cases in the court [in Nueces County] during the interpreter's term of office. The judge may also assign the official interpreter to assist the court's probation officer in the discharge of the probation officer's duties.

(c)iiThe heading to Section 43.148, Government Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec.i43.148.iiKENEDY, KLEBERG, AND NUECES COUNTIES [105TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT].

(d)iiSubsections (a) and (c), Section 43.148, Government Code, are amended to read as follows:

(a)iiThe voters of Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces counties [the 105th Judicial District] elect a district attorney. The district attorney has the same powers and duties as other district attorneys and serves all the district, county, and justice courts of Nueces County and the district courts of Kleberg and Kenedy counties.

(c)iiThe commissioners courts of Kenedy, Kleberg, and Nueces [the] counties [comprising the district] may supplement the state salary of the district attorney. The amount of the supplement may not exceed $12,000 a year. The supplemental salary must be paid proportionately by the commissioners court of each county according to the population of the county. The supplemental salary may be paid from the officers' salary fund of a county. If that fund is inadequate, the commissioners court may transfer the necessary funds from the general fund of the county.

(e)iiThe local administrative district judge shall transfer all cases from Kenedy and Kleberg Counties that are pending in the 105th District Court on September 1, 2005, to the 423rd District Court.

Thursday, May 26, 2005 SENATE JOURNAL 3833

(f)iiWhen a case is transferred as provided by Subsection (e) of this section, all processes, writs, bonds, recognizances, or other obligations issued from the 105th District Court are returnable to the 423rd District Court as if originally issued by that court. The obligees on all bonds and recognizances taken in and for the 105th District Court and all witnesses summoned to appear in the 105th District Court are required to appear before the 423rd District Court as if originally required to appear before that court.

(g)iiThe 423rd Judicial District is created September 1, 2005.

SECTIONi7.ii(a)iiEffective January 1, 2007, Subchapter C, Chapter 24, Government Code, is amended by adding Section 24.569 to read as follows:

Failed Creation of the 423rd District

Why did they try to create the 423rd Judcial District?
Posted on November 15, 2007 at 01:36:58 AM by Jaime Kenedeno



Sounds like how Hitler thought

Did they think they needed a new Judicial District to create the new District Attorney position?

We have here in this situation a District Attorney without a Judicial District.

Tell me I am wrong and back it up, any takers?



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

South Texas Chisme: It's Monday. It must be blog roundup time!

South Texas Chisme: Could it be true, Is Fil Vela involved with Connie Scott? Treasurer? TLR hates South Texas, does that include Connie and her Hubby? WATTS his name? Mike Scott?

We dont need to speculate or debate how Junior John will vote
, who he will benefit and who he represents. No if ands or buts about it Junior John’s Record is who he is, how he votes, who he represents and it is not the average Texan and not the mainstream Texas but he represents the Transplanted Texans (like Bush) and the Elite Texans (like K.C.Rove). Junior John will say WATT ever it takes to get re elected. He is working with Fil Vela Jr. & Federal Prosecutors (in the Valley, CC, SA & Houston) to Manufacture White Collar Crime and use it as a Political Strongarm when the Political Strongarm should be accomplishments and the actual construction of a VA Hospital in the Valley. Fil & Junior John ( the Two Juniors) dont give a hoot about a VA Hospital or Children’s Healthcare, he dont care about WATT the people want or need, Fil Junior only seeks a Federal Bench for Rose and Junior John wants us to believe his promises. It wont happen like that for the Two Juniors.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hector P Garcia Institute of Education, Integrity, Culture and Public Policy: Corpus Christi Watchdog Authority: Fwd: [Telemundo South Texas] Senatori

Hector P Garcia Institute of Education, Integrity, Culture and Public Policy: Corpus Christi Watchdog Authority: Fwd: [Telemundo South Texas] Senatorial Prevarication: Will Texas Allow Junior Joh...

Corpus Christi Watchdog Authority: Fwd: [Telemundo South Texas] Senatorial Prevarication: Will Texas Allow Junior Joh...

"Did K C Rove quit to help John Cornyn?"


Jaime Kenedeño said... Didn't you mean to say, "KC Rove quit to help Junior John"?





Of course he wanted to have more family time, isn't that the standard line now days.






















He is coming to TEXAS to play ball in our ball park.

WATTABURGER FIELD




Finally, he comes out to play with the big boys.




I'm Waiting............................


















Welcome to the Texas WEB KC
go ahead and mosey on down to
the little feathers who flock together.

























A Democraddick Melodrama Entitled, ...........

The Roved, the Sycophant and the Tasteless.




















Where the Roved and the Tasteless will now lob direct rebuke tomahawks
at the USAG, the President and other favorite targets the left so passionately rag on daily.











Monday, August 13, 2007

Rove coming out to play and old game in a new ball park. Welcome to Internet Architecture 101. Put it in writing, Texas Dares You.

Karl Rove to resign at the end of the month

Bush's close friend and political strategist says 'it's time' to quit


BREAKING NEWS
NBC News and news services
Updated: less than 1 minute ago

WASHINGTON - Karl Rove, President Bush's close friend and chief political strategist, plans to leave the administration at the end of August, the White House said Monday.

A longtime member of Bush's inner circle, Rove was nicknamed "the architect" by the president for designing the strategy that twice won him the White House.

"Obviously it's a big loss to us," White House deputy press secretary Dana Perino said. "He's a great colleague, a good friend, and a brilliant mind. He will be greatly missed, but we know he wouldn't be going if he wasn't sure this was the right time to be giving more to his family, his wife Darby and their son. He will continue to be one of the president's greatest friends."

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“I just think it’s time,” Rove said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Monday.

“There’s always something that can keep you here, and as much as I’d like to be here, I’ve got to do this for the sake of my family," the newspaper said.

President Bush and Rove were expected to speak before the Marine One departure to Crawford, Texas, on Monday.

Advisors told NBC News on condition of anonymity that Rove had been talking to the president about resigning for "a long time, about a year."

Editor's note: This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Corpus Christi Caller Times: After we finish with (this issue), Mr Mike Hummel will always remember to read the local internet and to give credit wher

Corpus Christi Caller Times: After we finish with (this issue), Mr Mike Hummel will always remember to read the local internet and to give credit where credit is due.



This morning I got a call that took me out on the streets. I needed a little punch so I put it on a Classic Rock Station expecting maybe some Hair of the Dog or War Pigs or maybe even Lovin You Sunday Morning or Proud Mary but it wasn't to be. I hear the end of a discussion with our Corpus Christi City Council Member stuck smack dab in the middle of that damn river.

WATT River?...........

Some begin to ponder, while there are others who know exactly where I am going with this River issue; after we finish with (this issue), Mr Mike Hummel will always remember to read the local internet and to give credit where credit is due.



You know with the Memorial Coliseum I have not the sentimentality or passion like many of you guys possess and concurrently I dont believe it needs to be torn down. I was against anything that TRT wanted to bring to this town in light of what they left us upon departure.



Some events and it might even be many events; cannot afford to use ABC Center; so it is not really a public arena like the Memorial Coliseum operated. Heck, many of us cannot afford to attend an event that is held in the ABC Center. So, tell us Mr. Hummel, Mr Burns and Mr Solis, will you make it affordable at least for our Local Goodwill Organizations like the Shriners to hold an event?




Currently, the ABC Center is out of our Local Goodwill Organizations reach because of price?


Now the Point at hand,

The discussion was about the Memorial Coliseum and specifically about the hiring of a consultant and if the City of Corpus Christi is going to follow WATT ever the Consultant recommended.

Corpus Christi City Councilman Hummel answered that the people have been included in the rounds of community input and public meetings.

The host asked if the Corpus Christi City Council was going to ask the consultant to include the input or if it will factor in.


Corpus Christi City Councilman Hummel quickly affirmed that the community's input has already been included.

The host then connected like Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron and the Great Bambino Himself; he asked Hummel if the Corpus Christi City Council is considering the input from all of the people at the Caller Times on the Coliseum issue?

Mike Hummel answers "I don't know anything about whats going on at the Caller Times".

The host says you dont know, you haven't read the article at the Caller Times about the Memorial Coliseum and the internet input and suggestions from the public, you arent going to consider that input?

Hummel studdered 3 or 4 times and then a couple more times and then he said we got, we got people, we got other people on that, I think, I'm not a computer guy , but I think they are calling them something like blogs, Im not a computer guy, or something like that. Then continued the D NILE of the POWER OF THE INTERNET and the reality that the People are beginning to Engage themselves in the Formulation of Public Policy. Since you cant hear us Mr Hummel, let me yell a little louder and maybe everyone else will as well.

Mr Hummel, that River's name; we call it D Nile, get out of it. In fact a big part of your electability came from the web community. Power of the Pen Mr Hummel. When coupled with facts only an idiot would be so ignorant to be unaware of what some people are calling blogs. The credibility (or not) is right there in black and white for everyone to read. Do you still want to claim that you havent tread the input at the Caller Times Community Input Forum? Although censored slightly it can give there are many souls participating. They are already pissed off and to think that our City Council is trying to act like they are unaware of our presence. That is unbelievable Mr Hummel.

Nothing Personal MR Hummel, but I do believe you have a little bit of homework to do.

"Engaging the average citizen in the formulation of Public Policy" is our mission @ Kenedeno & Associates. "The Net is a powerful force for change -- and a dynamic tool for citizen education and action. Read the latest research on citizen participation (ENGAGEMENT) online, the stories and experiences of coalitions, corporate clients, and others working in the cyber trenches, and discover the potential to become an active participant in online democracy.

"IN THE KNOW": Anybody need 5 Brand New Faulty Firestone Tires for their Family Vehicle? Hurry while vacation season is still here!

"IN THE KNOW": Anybody need 5 Brand New Faulty Firestone Tires for their Family Vehicle? Hurry while vacation season is still here!

Google Yourself Corpus Christi: setexasrec: If you disagree, I got 4 brand spankin new ones to put on your family vehicle; oh yeah & one spare just in case you survive the blow out.


So WATT does this mean for Texas?

Who is the author?

After reading this article i got to believe the author is not familiar with the adversarial process or the article is pure prevarication. Who wants to buy a vehicle without laminated windows. I don't, but in Mikal's argument it was just mental re-enforcement for the jury and he is representing his client with zeal. .In layman terms Laminated glass, which is two layers of plate glass with plastic laminate in between, is used on automotive windshields. It has been used for decades to keep objects from easily getting through the windshield and entering the vehicle. The negative is it prevent easy exit should one need to break the glass in order to escape in a submerged situation or something of that nature.

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KENEDENO: "I say hot damn we got ourselves a fighter, and advocate. Now there's an attribute money cant buy, a game mentality moving unencumbered through legal birds nests and over hurdles to accomplish results.

"Like a Pitbull in the Middle of a Bunch of Poodles upon Capitol Hill.

The bottom line is the tire is faulty but it is cheaper to pay the injured and dead than it is to replace all of the tires on all of the brand new vehicles. Well, at least that was the word according bean counters (Actuarial Analysts). I bet they dont work there anymore, eh? When an automaker knows there is a faulty product that will "cause a death or two" and they acquiesce, or continue to produce the vehicle with the defective product and they dont recall the defective product for WATT ever reason they need to pay.

Watt if you or your family member purchased a brand new Explorer or Expedition or
Excursion. You plan a vacation and plot out your trip planning to stop for the young ones at the rest areas and to stretch the legs and maybe even swap drivers. Everybody has their pillow and their reading material or headphones and music, for the kids you had the video screen and dvd systenm installed and you even went the extra mile and installed a Playstation III for the kids and the kids at heart.

So we are cruising and everyone is commenting on the comfort, the neat features, the enhanced entertainment, and the overall "On The Road" experience the new vehicle provides.

The last thing on their mind is breaking down, needing to check the fluids every few miles, or rolling down the window because the air conditioning dont work. The passengers and the driver feel secure and safe; maybe they dont even buckle up.

The next thing we know the vehicle has become impaired and unstable. The resulting tumbling, sliding, shattering of glass, screaming, and bending of metal that happens in less than a minute (but feels like a lifetime) comes to a rest and there is a eerie silence for a moment. Then the lucky ones can moan in their pain and the silent ones Vaya Con DIOS. How long before the Halo FLight? How long before rescue?

And you come to find out you have lost 1 or 2 or 5 of your loved ones because of something that makes no sense at all.

I am not talking about the Blowout people, I am talking about the decision made by the automaker that your loved ones were just another number, a casualty in the name of profits.

Would you want an advocate fighting for your interests like Mikal Watts fights the giant automakers?

If you disagree, I got 4 brand spankin new ones to put on your family vehicle; oh yeah and one spare just in case you survive the blow out.




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Mikal Watts' arguments
http://www.setexasrecord.com/arguments/198814-mikal-watts-arguments

8/4/2007 10:58 AM

Three college girls are driving cross-country pulling a U-Haul trailer while simultaneously sharing a bag of marijuana. About 20 hours into the voyage, the driver brakes hard on a hill and loses control, sending the car off the side of the road.

They weren't wearing seat belts.

Was she high? Fatigued? Did she forget that breaking hard on a downslope while pulling a fully-stuffed U-Haul is a big no-no?

Whatever. Represented by Corpus Christi plaintiff's lawyer Mikal Watts in a suburban Houston courtroom, she demanded millions in damages over the accident-- from a tire maker.

No matter that Texas state investigators blamed the wreck on driver error and speeding, concluding the tires remained intact after the crash and worked just fine. Still, Watts argued they were wrong, that it wasn't her fault. He even demanded the judge declare a mistrial when the defense had the nerve to raise the girl's driving-while-pot smoking in court.

Is this the kind of guy-- one who would make such a specious, if self-serving, argument with a straight face-- that we want representing Texas in the U.S. Senate?

Mr. Watts, a 39-year-old mega-millionaire and judge's son who flies private, is traveling the state this summer, raising money and straining to re-define himself as a populist "everyman" in preparation for the Spring 2008 Democrat primary election.

He made his bones making arguments like the aforementioned, suing automakers and other businesses. But suffice to say, he won't be bragging on the campaign trail about the "marijuana mistrial" or his lawsuit blaming Ford for an accident in which the driver was speeding, had been drinking and wasn't wearing a seat belt.

The automaker was at fault because, according to Watts, it didn't laminate its side windows.

Watts will also remain mum about the embarrassing hiccup in that Ford case-- when it was revealed mid-trial that one of his associate lawyers was dating one of the jurors. She had even helped him "recruit" two of the plaintiffs for Watts, evidence showed.

Apparently under no ethical obligation to tell the court about this, Watts remained quiet and steadfast. It paid off-- he won a $31 million verdict.

"Mikal Watts has spent his entire career fighting on behalf of average, working Texans," promised his spokesman in a recent interview.

Don't believe it just because he says so.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

From its inception, one of TPJ’s prime targets has been Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR).

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE…Watch Dog or Attack Dog?


Texans for Public Justice (TPJ) bills itself as an independent, non-partisan, watchdog group dedicated to exposing a system of financial contributions that it says is corrupting Texas politics. In fact, TPJ is nothing that it claims to be. It is not Texan. Nothing about it is public. And, it is definitely not interested in justice. A thorough look at TPJ’s activities reveals that this “watchdog” is just an attack dog. Although it describes itself as a watchdog public interest group, it appears to be little more than a de facto mouthpiece for plaintiff trial lawyers in this state and their statewide lobby organization, the Texas Trial Lawyers Association.

TPJ first appeared in Texas in 1997, when veteran operatives of leftist, out-of-state organizations – such as Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen – came to this state to set up the organization. The TPJ version of justice is one-sided. Since its inception, TPJ – preying on the good intentions of media outlets across Texas and this nation – has used an array of slanted, self-published reports to criticize a select segment of this state’s political spectrum. The targets of TPJ’s attacks are almost exclusively Republicans, business leaders and organizations, and those interested in the reform of Texas’ civil justice system.

Within those categories, TPJ attacks all levels of state government, ranging from former Gov. George W. Bush to the Texas Supreme Court, the Texas Attorney General, and the Legislature. While the subjects of the TPJ reports vary, the targets are always the same: Businesses, Republicans, Conservatives, Tort Reformers. Shockingly, this self-described watchdog group has never found anything worth reporting about the plaintiff ’s trial bar, or the politicians funded by trial lawyers. TPJ’s main mode of derision is a steady stream of reports targeting campaign contributions. Although there appears to be a growing recognition of the group’s partisan nature, the media generally treats TPJ as a public “watchdog” dedicated to documenting financial contributions and their role in political races.

Even a cursory review of TPJ reveals that its rancorous attacks are apparently motivated by a specific political agenda. Portraying a public persona that trades on good government and the public’s right to know, TPJ’s activities seem to indicate its unstated goal is to demonize business interests and any elected officials who support a pro-business agenda or who oppose frivolous lawsuits. In all its actions, TPJ consistently fails to disclose the depth of plaintiff trial lawyer participation in Texas political activities.

The targets of TPJ attacks and the timing of those attacks are further evidence of the group’s attempt to further the political agenda of that well-funded, sliver-thin section of the trial bar. In Texas, TPJ’s analyses, reports, press releases, and public statements all read like the Texas Trial Lawyers Association prepared them. They are anti-business and antijob creation. Everything they do seems to share an overarching theme: Texas would be a better state if it were easier to file lawsuits and there were more and broader opportunities to bring legal action. From its inception, one of TPJ’s prime targets has been Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR). TPJ’s inaugural report attacked Texans for Lawsuit Reform, people in the forefront of advocating a fair and balanced civil justice system, and individuals and businesses most closely associated with that bipartisan, nonprofit, statewide public policy organization.

TLR, which commissioned this report, has over 11,200 supporters in 610 Texas cities and those members represent 1,110 different trades, professions, and businesses. TLR is proud of its supporters, its mission, and its transparency. TLR has become the state’s leading civil justice advocacy organization. This report will document what we know about Texans for Public Justice, its origin, its supporters, its tactics, and its allies. The chapters include:

Chapter One: Misleading the Media

Chapter Two: Refusing to Practice
What it Preaches

Chapter Three: Trashing Texas

Chapter Four: Oops! I missed that one!

Summary: TPJ: Powerful, Partisan Trial Lawyer Advocacy Organization