Greta Van Susteren on Tort Reform & Activist Judges
Good work, Greta:
First…activist judges…what are they? They are Judges who write decisions you don’t like! It means they essentially make up staff that just isn’t there. If you like it, you don’t complain and you believe they are interpreting the existing statute. If you don’t agree with the outcome their decisions, you say they are adding stuff and simply not ruling on the words of the statute. It is that simple and yes, conservative judges / justices are activist when they invent exceptions to the search and seizure clause of the Fourth Amendment…so don’t think it is just the so called liberal ones.)
And tort reform? That usually means that politicians, fueled by insurance company lobbyists, and who are miles from the courtroom set artificial limits on what the jury - yes, the people - who are in the courtroom with first hand knowledge can compensate someone who has been hurt. You read about the rare instance of wild verdicts because the media reports the sensational and not the every day thousands and thousands of routine verdicts. Here is something else: these sensational verdicts are reported in the media but then the case is ignored a few days later when the judge - who has the power to reduce wild verdicts -reduces or sets aside the amount awarded by the jury. This latter action is not juicy and thus rarely gets reported.
Source: politics… « GretaWire
I’m surprised the Fox News website hasn’t spontaneously combusted from having to host this material.