Tuesday, March 28, 2006

You can't make this stuff up, Part II...

"By a 4-3 vote, New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, has voted to uphold a $1.4 million jury award against the New York City Transit Authority on behalf of Juan Soto, who after a night of drinking with friends decided to trespass on the elevated subway roadbed at Queensboro Plaza and then failed to outrun a #7 train that came up behind. (Pete Donohue, "Loses to train & wins big", New York Daily News, Mar. 25).

Per a New York Daily News editorial, "To justify paying him, the court credited Soto's testimony that he could tell how fast he was running because he often ran on a treadmill, and based on that speed some hired expert said the motorman should have been able to stop before hitting him." ("A court runs off the rails", Mar. 25)(Soto v. New York City Transit Authority, PDF).
This and the previous entry can be found at Overlawyered, one of my favorite places to go when I'm feeling good and need a downer. For someone who swore an oath to defend the Constitution, I am amazed at myself for not wasting such fuckers long ago.

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