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Lawyers and lackeys

By The Madison County Record | Apr 4, 2010

To the Editor:

In a Their View letter published in The Record last month, Belleville lawyer Thomas Q. Keefe Jr. attempts to cover-up the real reasons why exorbitant costs of medical malpractice insurance are driving local doctors from their practices and making it difficult, if not impossible, for residents to obtain reasonable health services.

The primary reason for the health care dilemma is a lawyer dominated Illinois state legislature and some state judges who serve as lackeys for the tort lawyer industry. The state legislature is composed of more than 50 percent lawyers.

The most effective way to curtail the lawyer domination of the legislature is to vote in a non-lawyer dominated legislature. Do not vote for any lawyer candidate for the Illinois legislature.

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed corporations to have a political voice, although they did not go far enough and allow corporate officers to represent corporations in state and federal courts. The Court did not give this Right, corporations always had it. Also, the Illinois Constitution should revert back to 1970, when the Constitution allowed non-lawyers to be state judges.

I believe that my letters to the Record made a substantial contribution to the defeat of Gordon Maag to be elected to the Illinois Supreme Court. Lloyd Karmier was the correct choice. The upcoming judicial elections should be a real donnybrook.

Charles Sullivan

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