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Could Roller-Coaster Tragedy Be Used Against Democrats?

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Could Fatal Roller-Coaster Case Be a Touchy Issue for Democrats?
A roller-coaster accident that claimed the life of a 17-year-old boy at Six Flags Over Georgia sounds like just the kind of case that Republicans might use against Democrats.
Asia Leeshawn Ferguson IV was decapitated when he climbed two fences and passed numerous warning signs, apparently in an effort to retrieve a hat.
This is exactly the kind of case that makes trial lawyers look bad. And since trial lawyers tend to be Democrats, the Grand Old Party is likely to use the case to its political advantage--showing that trial lawyers are greedy rubes who attack folks with deep pockets and don't hold people accountable for their own poor decisions.
Republicans are always looking for an opportunity to use the "tort hell" issue against Democrats, particularly in the Deep South. My guess is that GOPers are licking their fangs at the prospect of a trial lawyer filing what would appear to be a frivolous lawsuit against the folks who run Six Flags.
To make this story even more sad, Asia Leeshawn Ferguson IV sounds like a good kid from a fine family. One press report quoted Ferguson's father as saying, "We don't blame anyone." Another press account said the family planned to hire a private detective. 
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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
 

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