“All set back here, Captain,” came the reply, “except one
lawyer who is still going around passing out business cards.”
I hope you got a chuckle out of that.
Lawyer jokes were not created to insult lawyers, but to reflect
the occasional stupidity of the legal profession. Frivolous
cases, inflated claims, and dishonesty are only a few stigmas
attached to it.
In light of the recent court ruling against the state in
the Sacred Falls case, the state is considering closing Manoa
Falls, Haiku Stairs (aka “stairway to heaven”), and other
parks that pose a high risk (to users). The case is setting
a precedent that will fatten the pockets of ambulance-chasing
lawyers, and rob the public of access to any outdoor activity.
It is getting out of hand. Don’t be surprised if one day
you are not allowed to go to the beach because sunlight causes
skin cancer and people drown in the ocean. Attorney Arthur
Park, who is representing the plaintiffs in the Sacred Falls
case, doesn’t think that the nine signs posted adequately
warned park goers of the hazards of the park. He claimed that
some of the signs were wordy, vague, or damaged.
So, people saw the signs, but did not heed the warnings.
Why did they think the signs were there? Were they having
so much fun that day that they underestimated the warnings?
Or did the proceed despite them?
It’s hard to speculate what was going through their minds.
It’s clear, though, that they saw the signs.
Let’s assume they didn’t. Would they be totally clueless
that mother nature is unpredictable and dangerous? I doubt
it. That’s like swimming in the ocean: swimmers know it’s
possible that they can drown.
Park is actually asking that Sacred Falls remain open, “We’re
not asking that the park be closed. We just think it should
be opened only to experienced hikers, and children should
not be allowed.”
But his logic is flawed. Even the most experienced hiker
is unable to predict a landslide, so this would not prevent
The state has decided to appeal the case, and Park dislikes
that, “This is the same bad lawyering that got the state into
this in the first place, and now it’s going to end up costing
the state a lot of money.”
Contrarily, it could save the state money if the appellate
court rules in its favor. It would also eliminate the silly
Sacred Falls precedent.