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Let's talk tort reform.

Re: "Time for a New Code," Reflections, Jan. 17 issue, page 9.

Though the system of justice does require a great deal of fixing, tort reform could probably take a back seat to, say, something such as recreational drug users, who are typically poor people, under- or misrepresented, serving sentences longer than those of the distributors and importers of the drugs--or perhaps a review of a justice system that puts poor blacks (predominately) and undereducated or poor whites on death row because of lack of credible representation. Include with that the minor problem (if you are white) of racial profiling in this country.

Last, but certainly not least, while you're worried about the effects of tort law upon lawsuits involving pool or spa manufacturers and their negligence, consider one thing: Would the loss of your son in some sort of accident--let's say by a doctor who's supposed to remove his adenoids, but mistakenly removes his trachea, leaving him unable to speak--be something you could accept if you came away from a courtroom with just the replacement cost of the operation, and perhaps the cost of an artificial voice replicator as restitution?

I think not.

A viewpoint on the law has a great deal to do with which side of it you happen to land on, and there is a great deal of emotion involved in that.

James W. Compton Jr.

First Class Petty Officer (Ret.)

U.S. Navy

Virginia Beach, Va.

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Compton, James W., Jr.
Publication:Pool & Spa News
Article Type:Letter to the Editor
Date:Feb 28, 2005
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