A QUESTION of JUSTICE
What really happened
and why it happened
The intersection in real
time in the
Just the facts,
Mr. LEE'S MOTION to DENY a NEW TRIAL
"art" of the personal injury lawyer
TESTIMONY of Mr.
operator of the Chevron vehicle)
So what's the verdict, folks?
Was justice served here or not?
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
"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.
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
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
Throughout this site, that person, the defendant, will be referred to as "Mr.
"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.
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
- intentionally and unintentionally - the truth.
James / Updated April, 2012
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.