Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Man Bites Dog




Larry Klayman is famous for one thing. Suing. Whereas Republicans are the first ones to beat their chests and holler about "frivolous lawsuits", Klayman is perhaps the King of them. He helped found an organization called Judicial Watch, whose prime purpose is to use the non-democratic means of the legal system to wage political battles. Here are some of Judicial Watch's greatest hits, from wikipedia, of course:

-Suing the town of Herndon, Virginia to stop a "day laborer" program on the grounds that it may provide employment for illegal aliens.
-Suing the U.S. Senate to disallow the filibuster in their debates over confirmation of judicial nominees, coinciding with proposed efforts by Republican Senate leaders to internally do the same thing.
-Criticizing the Bush administration for their "guest worker" program, obtaining evidence of a spike in illegal immigration denied by the administration.
-Criticizing the U.S. Navy for securing a public relations firm to encourage Puerto Ricans to vote to close a Naval testing range at Vieques, Puerto Rico.
-Rejecting the adjudicated innocence of David Rosen, who served as campaign finance director for Democrat Hillary Clinton's campaign for the U.S. Senate and had been indicted for filing false reports.
-Condemning as "murder" the death of Terri Schiavo, who lived for 15 years in a diagnosed persistent vegetative state and whose husband wished to allow to die. Her parents wished that she be kept on life support, and were joined in their pursuits by prominent Republicans.
-Calling for Republican Tom DeLay to step down as House Majority Leader calling his actions on Medicare "inappropriate" and "unacceptable".
-Filing a lawsuit against Vice President Dick Cheney and Halliburton for alleged fraudulent accounting practices.


In perhaps one of the greatest comedic moments, Klayman is now suing Judicial Watch itself. The Plank is labeling the legal action Klayman Ad Absurdum. But again, I can't imagine a better fate for both Klayman and Judicial Watch. Is there a way they can both lose the court case and both be sentenced to time in a stockade or pillory? Because if that happened, I might actually believe in justice. For a little while.