Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Edwards and Trial Lawyers

I expect that I am being naively optimistic here, but I think it would be lovely if Kerry's selection of Edwards and the attacks he will attract from the Republicans and the business community because of Edwards' experience as a trial lawyer would open up an honest national dialogue about trial lawyers and tort reform. What has been effectively hidden from most Americans is that trial lawyers, as the term is most often, dirisively, used, are the attorneys available to represent them in the event they are injured, physically or econonomically, by corporations. All you ever hear about are the (mostly mythical) outrageous jury awards given out in "frivolous" lawsuits. Here's a chance to fight back and tell the public the truth, something the mainstream media seems incapable or uninterested in doing on this subject.
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