Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Need more proof where lawyers will end up?

Throughout judicial history, there have always been lawsuits that many would call frivolous. Decisions handed down, either in the course of the trial or afterwards, may easily be ridiculed by the general populace. In fact, we're thinking it's a safe bet to assume that cavemen may have been mocked for trying to settle disputes over the intellectual property rights of stick figure drawings.

Recently, this trend has continued with people suing over a pair of pants (again, for millions of dollars... we've covered this story quite a bit), or a judge deciding that the words "rape" and "victim" should not be used during the course of a sexual assault trial. Consequently, State Sen. Ernie Chambers of Nebraska, who is also a lawyer, decided last week to up the ante for stupidity in lawsuits.

He's suing God.

That's right. Chambers has decided that, due to God causing "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants", it was about time that someone sued him. And, because the deity is everywhere, Chambers feels that the lawsuit could be brought any place on the planet. He just happened to be the one to actually file the paperwork in Douglas County, Nebraska.

So let's just see if we've got this right. Because of some silly court decisions, specifically tied to the assault case, Chambers has decided to go all out and firmly establish himself as the creator of the most inane lawsuit ever. We almost wonder if he expects the defendant to show His face in court, but, given that Chambers himself is not Christian, we kind of doubt it. Although, if He did, it would certainly put a number of questions to rest.

So now that there's a legal precedent set to sue a deity, what's next? Will Buddha be taken to court for failing to follow through on his promises of reincarnation? What about calling Satan in, for unfair treatment of the damned? And don't even get us started on people wanting to sue the Earth, for harsh living conditions.

On top of all this, we feel bad for the officer of the court that is tapped to deliver the summons. After all, unless a special case is made, that's going to be a one-way trip.

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