Friday, June 09, 2006

Judge's Ruling Is Child's Play

A game of "rock, paper, scissors" will determine the location for taking a witness statement.

In an order signed Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell scolded both sides and ordered them to meet at a neutral location at 4 p.m. June 30 to play a round of the hand-gesture game often used to settle childhood disputes. If they can't agree on the neutral location, he said, they'll play on the steps of the federal courthouse.

The winner gets to choose the location for the witness statement.

I think these lawyers should appeal to a higher authority! I mean, what's wrong with using the games "one potato, two potato" or "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" to settle disputes? Or what about pulling the petals from a daisy--or even using a simple coin toss?

And how much does this sort of attorney gamesmanship cost the parties and the system, anyway? I'd love to see that itemized bill.