It is Ironic

June 10, 2007

I don’t mind having advocates who may have a view different than mine. I believe having access to the Courts is a fundamental right of all American Citizens. I also believe that the trial lawyers have saved many lives. Think about all the lives that have been saved because the vehicles we drive are not equipped with a three-point seat belt. Think about all the limbs that were saved because of the safety features on, say, lawnmowers.

I do not even mind to see an advocate of tort reform and an advocate of limiting the citizen’s access to the Courts use the same court system when he has been the victim of someone’s carelessness.

What I do mind, is the hypocrisy. Judge Bork claims that he fell because the Yale Club wantonly and deliberately caused harm to him and so he is asking for punitive damages. Does this man really believe that the Yale Club plotted to have him give a lecture and lure him on their premises in order to harm him?

I do mind those who claim to be against frivolous lawsuits and against abuses of the Court system to do that which they pretend to be against.

That… I do mind.

Leading Conservative Activist Seeks Punitive Damages

Judge Robert Bork, one of the fathers of the modern judicial conservative movement whose nomination to the Supreme Court was rejected by the Senate, is seeking $1,000,000 in compensatory damages, plus punitive damages, after he slipped and fell at the Yale Club of New York City. Judge Bork was scheduled to give a speech at the club, but he fell when mounting the dais, and injured his head and left leg. He alleges that the Yale Club is liable for the $1m plus punitive damages because they “wantonly, willfully, and recklessly” failed to provide staging which he could climb safely.Judge Bork has been a leading advocate of restricting plaintiffs’ ability to recover through tort law.

See the Complaint here (pdf file)

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