Two More Reasons to Dislike the Legal System
I'm not someone who distrusts law and order. I like it. I like that it has a firm place in our society. Three television shows sometimes seems a bit much, but I don't mind. The basic tenets are excellent.
Case 1: A meteorite crashes into a doctors' office (Examining Room #2, Williamsburg Square Family Practice, Lorton, Virginia). Doctors Frank Ciampi and Marc Gallini donate the meteorite to the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian thanks them very much and announces they will give the doctors $5,000. Ciampi and Gallini announce that they will donate the money to Haitian relief efforts.
And then the landlords of the Williamsburg Square Family Practice step in and declare that the meteorite belongs to them. They demand the Smithsonian return it. And maybe there is a precedent, like they claim. The doctors have already lawyered in preparation.
Arguing over who "owns" a rock that just fell from space?
Let's move on.
Case 2: The National Football League is ordering New Orleans shops to stop selling Saints shirts with "Who Dat" on them, claiming a trademark violation. Let's get judicial! Here's the key part of the controversy, from the article by Jaquetta White of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
I enjoy Senator David Vitter's response, printing up shirts saying "WHO DAT say we can't print Who Dat!" That's easy money right there. Only way to get easier money is, say, to have a meteorite fall through your roof.