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Documentary Hot Coffee's less than Frivolous Examination of Evolving InjusticeTim King Salem-News.com
The class wars are alive and well in America and one producer clears the air about what is happening in American courts.
(SALEM, Ore.) - For years now I have stopped people in their tracks when they start bashing the story about the older lady receiving a sizable settlement from McDonald's for horrific, life-changing burns from their excessively hot coffee; maintained at higher than usual temperatures to make it last longer.
It is that last part that always made me support her; this was never a minor incident, and those who watch the new film Hot Coffee will likely agree once they understand how badly that poor woman's body was damaged by McDonald's.
Viewers will also probably agree with one of the nicest and most genuinely decent guys in politics today; Al Franken, when he says a woman's single 'day in court' over a violent gang rape that required her to receive reconstructive surgery, was not 'frivolous' or a waste of the government's time.
There are events people suffer that no amount of money could ever repay or make right. I had the unique chance to get to know Al Franken during a USO tour when I was covering the war in Afghanistan, and I am very glad to see him in this special program.
But plenty of people would suggest that these matters are a waste of the court's time when they are nothing of the sort.
The documentary looks at a story from former attorney, Author John Grisham, who describes his book 'The Appeal' as, "Completely fiction, and it's completely true". It details the purchasing of a supreme court judge in Mississippi.
Remember, it was the seemingly unstoppable former U.S. President George W. Bush who rallied so hard against the ability of common people to seek justice in the form of damage compensation.
The documentary quotes Bush saying:
"In my line of work you've got to keep repeating things over and over and over and again for the truth to sink in... sort of catapult the propaganda".
He and his ilk cast people who sought to regain something in a light with low life's. He has a lot of room to talk, and of course Bush in his infinite silver spoon riches never would understand the need of a small person to take on the big people in court.
I immediately consider William Coleman; the man who blew the whistle on racism and murder at the Oregon state prison, only to be severely retaliated against by state officials who have much to cover up and little to reveal. He was screwed over and abused by every single link in the chain.
Then, when it was time for the state to pay him back for all of the injustice, he lost everything. The jury was convinced that he was a big scary dangerous black man and the all white jury bought the state's point of view. William was next told he would have to pay court costs. It is disgusting what happens in Oregon. (see: Snitch Sheets, Unresolved Murder and Severe Tobacco Crimes - Tim King Salem-News.com)
God bless Susan Saladoff, Al Franken, and all of the other incredible people who somehow manage to stand tall in the middle of the madness and mayhem.
And now, please prepare to be moved. This is the official trailer for Hot Coffee, the documentary film by Susan Saladoff.
Is Justice Being Served?
From Hot Coffee Seinfeld mocked it. Letterman ranked it in his top ten list. And more than fifteen years later, its infamy continues. Everyone knows the McDonald’s coffee case.
It has been routinely cited as an example of how citizens have taken advantage of America’s legal system, but is that a fair rendition of the facts?
Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque woman who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring how and why the case garnered so much media attention, who funded the effort and to what end. After seeing this film, you will decide who really profited from spilling hot coffee.
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