America’s access to justice at risk

Source: Arthur H. Bryant, Public Justice [NJ.com] (Free Registration)

This is an extraordinary moment in our nation's history. All eyes are focused on President-Elect Obama, who will bring change to America, and the economic crisis, where huge corporations let avarice overwhelm them. But few people are noticing that President Bush and some companies, trying to maximize profits, are implementing changes that, if not stopped, will put most Americans last - and out of court. America was founded by people who understood that power unchecked is power abused. That's why we have, among other things, separation of powers, the Bill of Rights, and the right to a day in court. For several years now, however, many of those with power - in both the public and private sectors - have had few restraints. The federal government did nothing to restrain them, facilitating their conduct, while their greed ran amok. They could only be held accountable in the courts. So they unleashed an unprecedented, calculated, and fundamentally un-American attack: step by step, in area after area, they are working to eliminate their victims' access to the courts and, ultimately, justice itself.

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