Thursday, June 21, 2007

Leading Conservative Activist Seeks Punitive Damages

From ACSBlog courtesy of Eschaton:

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.

More here.

Bork is about as crazy as they come, a real right-wing psycho's psycho, and a guy who seriously believes, and relentlessly asserts, that the Supreme Court does not have, and never has had, the power of judicial review, which would, if that were actually the case, allow Congress and the White House to essentially set fire to the Constitution. I mean, he's a total nut. Unfortunately, true blue conservatives everywhere look to him for wisdom and guidance on legal issues. President Reagan even nominated him to the Supreme Court back in the day, but better Democrats in the Senate refused consent, which would never happen with today's bunch of pussies. Anyway, this lawsuit makes Bork to be an utter hypocrite, which means that he's probably not as crazy as I've long thought. That is, it is rapidly becoming clear that all bigtime conservatives are utter hypocrites: that they only support the loony and hateful values and principles they espouse when, and only when, they benefit powerful white men while fucking over everybody else; the moment those principles turn and bite a powerful white man, they go out the window.

Think "tough on crime" and the right-wing movement to pardon convicted perjurer Scooter Libby.