MSNBC reports: "A federal judge, miffed at the inability of opposing attorneys to agree
on even the slightest details of a lawsuit, ordered them to settle
their latest dispute with a game of ‘rock, paper, scissors.’”
Time for a quick recap of why we have litigation and a court system. Long ago when primitive societies were forming (during the hunter-gatherer phase), social disputes tended to threaten the tribe’s existence. How?
Well, if ace-hunter Thag and his ace-hunting companion, Krog, got into a vicious fight and killed each other the tribe’s food supply would be in immediate jeopardy. Even lesser disputes had a deleterious effect on the tribe. So they developed a legal system to arbitrate these disagreements. It took a while, but eventually we convinced Thag and Krog not to hit each other. Many years have passed and society has changed, as has the legal system. I think it’s clear that we are entering the phase where it is more disruptive to have disagreements addressed in the legal system.
Hell, when a federal judge has to tell the attorneys to use a child’s game to resolve their disputes then you know the system is completely broken. I say we go back to letting Thag and Krog pound each other. Or better yet, let them pound the lawyers.