Clinton & Leahy in Pocket of Trial Lawyers?
The Examiner reasons that
“the silence on Capitol Hill may have something to do with the fact that Milberg Weiss and its four former partners were extremely active and generous donors to Democrats in Congress … [N]ine of the most reliable congressional opponents of proposals to curb class-action lawsuit abuse received substantial contributions from Milberg Weiss. … Most of the recipients — including the top recipient, Sen. Hillary Clinton — refuse to answer questions about what they plan to do with the dirty money. If the silence is to be broken, it should start with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers — after they rid themselves of the nearly $8,000 they got from Milberg Weiss, that is.” (emphasis added)
In his column yesterday, George Will makes an important point about judicial pay. The precipitous decline in the salaries of federal judges – in inflation-adjusted dollars – has contributed to a dramatic drop in the percentage of judges coming from the private sector and a concomitant near doubling of the number coming from government jobs. This trend, says Will, “tends to produce a judiciary that is … more of an extension of the bureaucracy than a check on it.”