Thursday, January 19, 2006

Benched!

Proving that the third branch may not be the most dangerous after all, state legislators have introduced a variety of civil justice relate bills. Minority leader Frank Watson's "Cueto law" would close loopholes in the retention system. Lloyd Cueto, a judge in St. Clair County, did not file to run for retention and instead ran for the vacant seat. (Retention requires a sixty percent margin, though it rare that a judge is not retained.) Dubious legal practices must run in the family; Cueto is the brother of recently disbarred Metro East uber-lawyer Amiel Cueto.

Sen. J Bradley Burzynskii of Belvidere has introduced an amendment to the Good Samaritan Act. His bill, which excepts "“willful and wanton misconduct,"” protects anyone who perform first aid in an emergency(and is certified to do so). It has been read and referred to Rules, where it will probably stay indefinitely and be trotted out at the end of the session.


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