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Donahue asked to serve

I accepted a request by the New Hampshire Association for Justice to serve on a Candidate Review Team.

The Association is comprised of legal professionals dedicated to the promotion of fairness in the legal system, the protection of Constitutional rights, and to ensure accountability.

I will be part of a team that will interview political candidates on the state and federal level, to see their positions on issues important to the organization in an effort to see who it will support.

Normally, I don’t do this kind of thing.

I’m not an organization type guy. I kind of go it alone in many respects. At my law firm there is one lawyer– me. I function much better without partners or associate lawyers.

I have many cases where I work with other lawyers, but that is different. We have our own injury law firms, but join together, in what is called a joint-enterprise, to use legal jargon. At the end of the day, we don’t need to explain anything to the other about how we choose to run our businesses.

It keeps thing simple, and clean. The business of injury law is tough enough without adding operational, business and managerial headaches in the equation. Those are the seeds of many a law firm’s destruction.

Getting back to the Review Team, it will be interesting to see how things go. By nature I’m very distrusting of all politicians.

I’ll blog about the experience.

I’m sure the main thrust will be on matters of tort-reform.

There is so much disinformation on the subject. The more one studies the issues, it becomes clear that the powerful insurance companies have fabricated a crisis. It has spent billions trying to convince the public that injury victims are the problem.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The run-away jury is a myth.

More typical is the injury victim who gets screwed by a system designed to protect big insurance companies.

Money buys influence with politicians, and the insurance companies have waged a successful war against regular folks.

Did you realize that when someone with insurance injures an innocent victim, that injury victim must sue the person, not the insurance company, even though it pays all the damages?

A fraud is perpetrated against the jurors. They are not allowed to know that any award it makes will be paid by insurance. They are not allowed to know that insurance pays for the wrongdoer’s lawyer. They are left to feel bad for both parties and might very well be hesitant to make a fair award of money damages for fear it would bankrupt the individual or cause him to pay for a mistake the rest of his life.

Incredibly, the law is set up to permit that lie, and that injustice.

Nobody can really believe that regular folks could conceive such a stupid and unfair situation.

Rather, it is the direct result of monied interference in the legal system, designed to protect the powerful.

Juries deserve to be trusted. They’re a lot more intelligent and honest than a bunch of political hacks, who think they know the best way to do everything.

Juries are better than political intervention and interference in the affairs of justice.

And, it would be significantly better if we trusted them to do the right thing with all the information.

That’s my $.02 on the subject.

Keep your strength.

Charlie Donahue
injury lawyer
Keene, New Hampshire

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