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?
 
Lou

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.”

See 
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-harvard-law-school-matters-a-new-critique_us_59f37200e4b05f0ade1b56e7

Lou Lombardo

Fiat Chrysler: Money v. People’s Lives

Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:

The Seattle Times reports on the latest efforts of Fiat Chrysler to thwart justice in the courts.
“ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — After a family was awarded $40 million in the death of a 4-year-old boy in a Jeep fire, Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday asked the Georgia Supreme Court for a new trial or for the award to be reduced.

Remington “Remi” Walden died in 2012 after a Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was hit from behind and burst into flames. The gas tank was mounted behind the rear axle, leaving it vulnerable in a crash.

The boy’s parents sued, arguing that the rear-mounted fuel tank in the 1999-model vehicle amounted to reckless disregard for human life by the manufacturer….

At least 75 people have died in post-crash fires involving several Jeep models with rear-mounted gas tanks. The problem led to the recall of 1.56 million Grand Cherokees and Libertys to install trailer hitches to protect the tanks in low-speed crashes.

Fiat Chrysler in 2015 agreed in a deal with government safety regulators to offer $100 gift cards to entice owners of recalled Jeeps to get the trailer hitch installation.”

 See https://www.seattletimes.com/business/fiat-chrysler-asks-for-new-trial-after-40m-jeep-fire-award/

Also see more on tragic history of this continuing saga of money v. people at

https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/blog/blog-casjeepjudgement/




Lou Lombardo

Nader on Trump Republican Appointments & Policies

Dear Fellow Americans:

We are at a terrifying point in history clearly described by Nader in a NY Times Op Ed today.

Corporate supremacy is at work destroying health and safety programs that will cause many deaths and injuries to Americans.

See Nader’s warning to Americans at 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/opinion/ralph-nader-trump-consumers.html

Please spread the warning.

Lou Lombardo

The American Dream – Sold Out

Dear Care For Crash Victims Community Members:
 
I came to Washington, DC in 1966 with high hopes of doing something about controlling air pollution and joined the U.S. Public Health Service, Division of Air Pollution.
 
Landmarks in automotive air pollution control that I was privileged to work on are at https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/1970s-polution-control-efforts/
 

Beginning in the late 1970s I worked on auto safety at NHTSA (with one year at IIHS) with hopes of reducing deaths and serious injuries sustained in crashes.

 
Looking back over the past 50 years one can see both progress and the urgent need to continue making progress in reducing vehicle violence from all causes.
 
*  Lead is now out of gasoline and no longer causing lead poisoning in children.
 
*  Vehicles now have catalysts and emissions of automotive pollutants have been reduced – but not nearly enough to protect public health and stop climate change.
 
Air pollution: 50 Years Later
 
An MIT study of early deaths due to all air pollutants and due to just automotive pollutants found:
“The group tracked ground-level emissions from sources such as industrial smokestacks, vehicle tailpipes, marine and rail operations, and commercial and residential heating throughout the United States, and found that such air pollution causes about 200,000 early deaths each year. Emissions from road transportation are the most significant contributor, causing 53,000 premature deaths, followed closely by power generation, with 52,000.”  See
 
Climate Change & Governmental Changing For The Worse – How Did This Happen?
 
Legal Reader has kindly published (pro bono) an article of mine on how, over the past 50 years, the American people have become victims of corporate supremacists.

Nader, Chomsky and others have tried to inform and warn people over the past 50 years with limited resources, but the corporate media has not.  Now it may be too little, too late, for too many people – but we must try.  (See Requiem for the American Dream video)

 
I have created Trump Death Clocks to help people see about how many American people are dying from air pollution under the Trump Administration.  Not included are deaths from climate change contributions such as hurricanes and wildfires.  See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/trump-clocks/
Lou Lombardo