Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Why federal judges are and should be appointed for life
This ruling (full copy here) is long overdue.
I've worked in asbestos litigation. It is largely a sham, a waste of taxpayer money, court resources, and little more than an money-making machine for unscrupulous trial lawyers.
Does asbestosis or silicosis exist? Absolutely. Mesothelioma (a disease caused almost exclusively by exposure to asbestos) is a slow, horrible way to die (essentially, you drown in your own bodily fluids). Manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos products should be forced to pay when their products injure people.
Problem is (1) most of those companies are out of business, and the lawyers, doctors, and support personnel that gave rise to the asbestos industry still hunger for cash; and (2) the overwhelming majority of people "diagnosed" with asbestosis/silicosis cannot show any injury (other than the ones you might expect of an elderly, lifelong smoker).
A good decision by the judge. I have little doubt that, if this judge had to face re-election or reappointment, the toxic tort brigade would spare no expense to defeat her.