Friday, December 14, 2012

Report from watchdog group calls California courts 'judicial hellhole'

CA is a mess.  TX used to be.

"What we often hear about are the lawsuits that are filed. But we don't follow up and learn that they've been dismissed by these judges that are being classified as part of this 'judicial hellhole,'" Levine said.

Stone called "abusive ADA lawsuits" another example of what's wrong with the state's legal system.

"Certain lawyers would go around basically engaging in legalized extortion," Stone said, mentioning Sacramento attorney Scott Johnson, who filed scores of lawsuits against Northern California businesses.

She acknowledged Senate Bill 1186, passed this year, will likely curb some of the worst offenses.

"That lawyer is being sanctioned. The system in a sense, is working," said Levine, referring to a lawsuit filed against attorney Scott Johnson.

On one issue, both attorney's agree.

The report dings California for defunding it's court system and both Stone and Levine agree the consequences could be a disaster for California.

"The idea that people who have been wronged can't get to trial in a timely manner," said Levine. "People are waiting five, six, seven years sometimes to have their day in court and that's just an outrage."

Now multiply that by 1,000 and you have what is going to happen on the federal level.

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