Legal Reform
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents from all across the country understand that our society has become litigious to an extreme degree. Texas has been active for years at improving this problem behind Texans for Lawuit Reform. Since 1994, TLR has worked to pass lawsuit reforms that have made the Lone Star State a model for the nation. TLR describes the problem best on their website "We are small business owners, homemakers, and community volunteers. We are lawyers who want our profession back, and plant managers who want our companies to expand facilities to create jobs for Texans. We are consumers who want to eliminate the wasteful "tort tax" from the products and services produced in Texas. We are ranchers and teachers who have anguished over needless lawsuits. We are doctors and nurses who have seen our colleagues abandon their chosen professions because of the emotional and financial toll imposed by legal assaults. We are the citizens of Texas who want a better future for ourselves and our children." The ability to bring suit for a grievance is an important right in America that must not be abused either from limitation to use or excessive use. Today it is excessive use. The Overcriminalization guide prepared by The Heritage Foundation is an eye opener.

Supreme Court to Examine Insanity Defense, Need for Jury Unanimity

from The Wall Street Journal,

Cases for next term to consider key questions of criminal law, including juvenile sentencing.

The Supreme Court said Monday it would consider whether two pillars of criminal law—the insanity defense and the rule that only unanimous juries may convict—are required by the Constitution. The court also agreed to decide cases involving two other questions of criminal law. One is how recent decisions limiting punishment of juvenile offenders apply retroactively, an issue raised by Beltway sniper Lee Boyd Malvo in challenging his sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. It said it would also decide whether states can prosecute crimes based on false information entered on federal immigration forms. All four cases will be heard in the court’s next term, which begins Oct. 7.

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