During one of the famines in
during the reign of King Louis XVI, it was claimed that when Queen Marie-Antoinette heard that the people were suffering due to bread shortages she was so detached from reality that she said, “Let them eat cake.” Well, reality bit hard when the King and Queen later had their heads lopped off by an angry mob. France
The American legal system seems to be a bit detached from reality right now. Lawyers and judges settle common-sense cases with arcane legal mumbo-jumbo, you know, the “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” type stuff. This may challenge their intellects and help build their careers but the relevance is lost on the rest of us when it results in warped justice.
These Ashland Oil lawsuits are full of examples of this type of legal nonsense. For example, this business about a five year limit on filing for damages if someone poisons your well. Here’s basically how it played out for Woodie Cantrell in court:
Woodie: I’m suing Ashland Oil for poisoning my well with radioactive radium.
Woodie: I didn’t know my well was poisoned until now.
Woodie: Wait a minute. My water may have been a bit salty, but I didn’t know it was radioactive.
is right, Woodie. It’s about when you knew that you had been wronged, not about when you knew the wrong was actionable in court. Ashland
Woodie: Hold on. It’s one thing to have salty water. It’s another to have radioactive water.
Court: Sorry Woodie. It’s not about whether your water is salty or glows in the dark. It’s all about when you knew
had done you wrong. And that was more than five years ago, Woodie. So too bad. Ashland
Woodie: So now I’m stuck with radioactive well water and
won’t clean it up. What can my family do if they can’t use our well? Ashland
Court: Let them eat cake!