Do you feel as sorry for corporate executives as I do?

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Do you feel as sorry for corporate executives as I do?

These poor babies feel put upon by their own shareholders, customers, and workers who have sued them to stop their fraud, monopoly pricing, discrimination, and other illegal acts. The corporate royalty is mightily offended that such commoners have been allowed to interfere in its brutish pursuit of riches, and the royalists have been crying louder than Paris Hilton about the unfairness of having to answer to the law.

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Luckily for them, they have friends in high places who feel their pain and can dry their tears with government actions to stop dastardly citizens from bothering them with lawsuits. The corporate wrongdoers have long had the Bushites on their side, and many congress critters of both parties have also been there for them, offering comforting legislative hugs. Now, however, the best friend of the corporate elite is in the third branch of government: The Supreme Court.

With Chief Justice John Roberts at the helm, the nation’s highest court is stacked with judges whose legal careers have been dedicated to corporate service, and this bias has turned the court into a safe play zone for corporate ruffians. This year, the Supremes have revealed their corporate coziness by taking a greater number of business cases and stretching the law, precedent, common sense, and their own credibility to enhance corporate power.

In 13 business rulings this year, the corporate majority has favored tobacco companies, automakers, insurance giants, and others over the people harmed. Even more important than each individual case, the court’s decisions are making it much harder for those who are injured or defrauded to go to court. in effect, they are building new legal walls for corporate wrongdoers to hide behind, shutting out ordinary people who try to get justice from the system.

These black-robed corporatists are out of control. The court should be working for justice, not for corporations.

“Supreme Court rulings called business-friendly,” Austin American Statesman, June 22, 2007

“Investors’ Suits Face Higher Bar, Justice Decide,” The New York Times, June 22, 2007

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