Justice For The People? Trump Reshapes Judiciary

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Legal Reader has published a pro bono article I submitted on increasing politicization of the judiciary and climate change.

This does not bode well for humanity – our planet, our fellow Americans breathing polluted  air, and being injured in crashes.

My Trump Clocks are now showing that Early Deaths by Auto Air Pollution now are estimated to be exceeding the deaths due to auto crashes.

See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/trump-clocks/

My experience with the judicial system suggests a need for improvement – rather than degradation if we are to protect the public. 

 Lou Lombardo


Another Jeep Fire Death

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:


“Erica Scannavino, 32, burned to death inside a 1996 Jeep Cherokee in July 2017 after she was hit from behind while making a left turn, according to a lawsuit her parents filed. They blamed her death on FCA, formerly known as Chrysler.


“Even as Chrysler awaits a decision from the Georgia Supreme Court on its appeal of a $40 million judgment in the case of an exploding gas tank, the company now must defend itself against another similar lawsuit filed last week in Gwinnett County State Court.

Erica Scannavino, 32, burned to death inside a 1996 Jeep Cherokee in July 2017 after she was hit from behind while making a left turn, according to a lawsuit her parents filed. They blamed the crash on the driver who hit her, but they blamed her death on Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA).

The circumstances of Scannavino’s death appear eerily similar to those of 4-year-old Remi Walden, whose parents’ case is pending before the high court. Both vehicles had a rear-mounted gas tank sitting behind the axle. Both ignited after crashing.

But Scannavino’s Jeep also had a steel trailer hitch the company added aftermarket to address safety concerns about the gas tanks rupturing on impact, according to the lawsuit and a U.S. Department of Transportation report. The hitch only made matters worse, according to the lawsuit.

“As the vehicle was hit, the trailer hitch crushed into the gas tank and punctured it, exacerbating the deformation of the gas tank,” the lawsuit said. “The gasoline ignited and the subject vehicle became engulfed in flames.” Scannavino was trapped inside even as others tried to rescue her and “after some time, was burned alive,” the lawsuit said.”

Source: https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/sites/dailyreportonline/2017/11/08/chrysler-faces-another-lawsuit-over-death-in-a-burning-jeep/

When will we the people ever learn how to provide sufficient justice to end such tragedies?

Legal Reader publishes Article on the Purposes of Law Schools. Lawyers, and Our Laws

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
A Harvard law student, Pete Davis, has written a report on the purposes of law schools.  It was published as I remembered the contributions of the late Clarence Ditlow and other safety leaders to advancing the public interest through the achievement of greater justice.
Legal Reader has published a pro bono article I submitted that is a call to action for an elevation of the purposes of law schools.

There is a wonderful graphic of Lady Justice blindfolded and straining while holding the scales of Justice where she can hear the pleas of millions of people seeking safety, health, and happiness for all – and disgusted by the stench of Big Money outweighing the public interest.

See the Lady Justice graphic and the article at  https://www.legalreader.com/harvard-law-school-justice-people/

As we remember Veterans who have sacrificed so much over the decades for us all, let us think of the purposes of their sacrifices.

Please add your thoughts on how we can improve the safety and health of the people through the law.

Lou Lombardo

Nader on Harvard Law and Our Law

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

Nader has written an article published by Huffington Post that addresses questions I frequently hear.  He wrote:

“Out there in the country, the rule of law and justice is relentlessly overwhelmed by concentrated, unjust power. Just consider the stark reality that our profession’s legal services are unaffordable to most Americans and, as retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been tirelessly arguing, legal aid resources for access to justice are consistently pathetic.

But the reality of raw economic, political and technological power over a just legal order has broader consequences. From the lawlessness of presidential war-making exercised abroad daily, to the plutocrat-shaped and dominated corporate state, to stifling the fair usage of our two pillars of private law ― contracts and torts ― there is an undeniable crisis outside of Harvard Law School that Davis factually and normatively contends is aided and abetted by the culture, incentives and practices at our alma mater.

The underlying moral basis of law has been supplanted by the commercial motivations and their tailored analytic skills.”


Lou Lombardo