LIFE IMITATES ARE WHICH IMITATES LIFE (Or something like that)
All I want or expect from any court or judge is a fair chance. I want an unbiased judge to look at the facts and the law and call it the way they see it. However, there appears to be a disturbing trend…
In John Grisham’s novel “The Appeal” a dastardly corporation works behind the scene (secretly donates large sums of money) to get a state supreme court Justice elected. It turns out that the corporation had a case working its way up to the very same supreme court. To no ones shock the justice then votes in favor of the corporation.
Grisham’s novel is loosely based on the the real life case of Caperton v Massey Energy Case where Massey CEO Don Blankenship spent $3 million dollars of his own money to elect judge Brent Benjamin to the West Virginia supreme court who then voted to overturn a $50 million dollar verdict against Massey.
It recently came to light that State Farm allegedly contributed $4 million dollars to get Lloyd Karmeier elected to the Illinois supreme court. Guess who was the key vote to overturn a $1 billion dollar verdict against State Farm? If you guessed Lloyd Karmeier you would be correct. Has State Farm bought its Illinois Justice? You be the Judge. Makes you wonder which other supreme court judges State Farm has worked to elect?
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