From time to time, a smart jury somewhere sees right through a silly lawsuit, quickly throws it out and stomps home.
One such time came the other day in Miami when jurors deliberated only 19 minutes before deciding that a confessed burglar is not entitled to damages for a wound he received while fleeing the scene of a break-in. He was shot by a neighbor of the victim.Said jury foreman Vernon P. Reeves: "We felt we shouldn't reward a burglar." Said Judge Philip Bloom: "This is a case of chutzpah."
It sounded funny, but Bloom made a serious judicial point when he declared: "This jury verdict affirms that a burglar is not entitled to safe passage during and after the commission of a crime."
With courts hopelessly snarled with cases, one wonders whether lawyers should be entitled to safe passage during and after the commission of a stupid lawsuit. Of course, they shouldn't be shot, as the burglar was. But how about a bill for court costs - or a pie in the face?