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JUSTICE?
You talking to me?

A QUESTION of JUSTICE
What really happened and why it happened 

LIGHTS!
CAMERA!
REALITY!:

The intersection in real tim
e in the real world.


The ACCIDENT REPORT
Just the facts, ma'am...


Mr. LEE'S MOTION to DENY a NEW TRIAL
The "art" of the personal injury lawyer

 

TESTIMONY  of Mr. X: (The operator of the Chevron vehicle)

 

JUDGMENT:
The Appeals Court decision



COMMENTS?
So what's the verdict, folks? Was justice served here or not? 

 



 


“Integrity. We are honest with others and ourselves. We meet the highest ethical standards…" Quoted from the Chevron Corporation website.

“I begin to smell a rat.” Cervantes
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"Thanks to God that he gave me stubbornness when I know I am right." John Adams

 

 

   Injured in an accident? Going to hire a personal injury lawyer? Going to sue? Stop! Read this first! This website contains a wealth of information on what to do, what not to do and, most importantly, what to watch out for in the business of personal injury law. Trust no one and assume nothing.

   This is the story about a woman pedestrian who filed a lawsuit against Chevron Corp after being struck and injured by one of its employee operated vehicles. It ends, in a legal sense, four years later with the finding of an appeals court decision which upheld the jury's unanimous verdict that neither Chevron Corp nor the vehicle operator bore any - as in zero - responsibility for the accident or its aftermath. 
     The problem with this verdict, as A Question of Justice portion of the website readily and repeatedly points out, is that not only is the verdict wrong, but it is also grotesquely unfair: The system had let the ultra-wealthy, ultra-greedy  Chevron Goliath slay the honest working-stiff David by falling for a story that is, I believe, provable nonsense. What makes this verdict doubly troubling is that it was avoidable in this case - and no doubt in a myriad of cases-to-be - through the modernization of some personal injury law procedures.
   Part expose', part comedy, part tragedy and part farce, I believe that A Question of Justice makes for an interesting and informative read - and this most especially for those unfortunates who, due to accident and injury, find themselves with little recourse but to participate in the business of personal injury law. To everyone else I'd say pay attention: you could be next.
                       

     In consideration of fairness there are in addition to A Question of Justice, three other accounts of the accident. 
   One of these consists of the court testimony of the driver of the Chevron vehicle. Throughout this site, that person, the defendant, will be referred to as "Mr. X" or "X." I do this in order to provide a certain amount of cover for him because I have come to realize, over time, that he was also a causality of the accident who endured the very real rigors of a jury trial. Whatever the rightness or wrongness of his actions, he paid his dues in court and is free of the matter. 
   Another account of the accident comes from the motion to deny a new trial submitted to the court by Mr. Lee, the lawyer hired to represent Chevron Corp and Mr. X. 
   The final version of "what happened at the accident scene" comes from the First Appellate Court of California. 
   And there you have it. Four accounts of the same vehicle/pedestrian accident. Interestingly, while each of these accounts do differ from one another - sometimes significantly - is how, when taken together, they all reveal - intentionally and unintentionally - the truth. 
   

                          J.W. James / Updated April, 2012

 

Note: January 24, 2012 marked the sixteenth anniversary of the accident. While Chevron Corporation, the lawyers and the judges involved in the case all closed their books on this case sometime back - or should I say swept it under the rug - that doesn't alter the reality that there is no statute of limitations on truth or the reality that comprises that truth.  There are debts that are still owed and truths that still need to be acknowledged. Actual justice and common decency demand no less.