Thursday, October 02, 2008

Psst. Sarah... Lemme Help You Out Here.

Dear Sarah --

This is painful. Just freakin' painful, and I can't stand it anymore. I know it's kind of cheating, but I'm going to help you out here because I just can't stand it anymore. In case Katie asks you the question again, here's an example of a controversial Supreme Court decision.

Exxon Shipping v. Baker.

It was handed down in June of this year. It was the decision that supported a lower court's decision to drastically lower the punitive damages Exxon was required to pay for the Exxon Valdez catastrophy. I know it's controversial, because when it was handed down, the Anchorage Daily News quoted a highly placed Alaskan official as saying:
"I am extremely disappointed with today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. While the decision brings some degree of closure to Alaskans suffering from 19 years of litigation and delay, the Court gutted the jury’s decision on punitive damages... It is tragic that so many Alaska fishermen and their families have had their lives put on hold waiting for this decision. My heart goes out to those affected, especially the families of the thousands of Alaskans who passed away while waiting for justice."
And I'm pretty sure that that would qualify as a Supreme Court decision with which you disagreed, since the above quote was made.... you. In June. This past June. Three months ago.

Good luck tonight. Please don't make me cringe anymore than necessary. Thanks.


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