Archive for June, 2010

Kagan Nomination Hearings Underway

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

The nomination hearings for Supreme Court prospect Elena Kagan are underway in the Senate.  She is expected to be confirmed as the replacement for Justice Stevens, who sat on the active Court for the final time yesterday.  In his honor, several other justices wore Justice Stevens’s trademark bow-tie.

Defense Attorneys Delay Justice for Wrongful Death Victims in Fiery I-5 Crash

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

On October 12, 2007, 34 vehicles crashed inside a tunnel along I-5 in Southern California.   A diesel tanker spilled fuel onto the freeway which exploded.  Three people died.  Although the California Highway Patrol completed their accident investigation fairly quickly–and assigned responsibility to speeding drivers, including a trucking company using faulty brakes–the three surviving families have not recovered a dime for their losses.  One of the dead, an entrepreneur carefully driving his recently purchased tractor-trailer on the slick roads, left a young family behind in dire financial straits. Tragically, the defense seems to be able to avoid paying money to help make up for the losses of these families by taking advantage of the sheer number of people involved in the crash and related pressures on the court system.  Here is an L.A. Times article discussing the matter:,0,4762224,full.column