Monday, May 19, 2008

"Judge Cancels Hearing Because Of Gas Prices"

I know gasoline prices are high, but this is a little ridiculous.

From KSAT-12:

SAN ANTONIO -- A judge canceled a Monday hearing in a lawsuit over Texas' primary and caucus system used to distribute delegates, in part because gas is so expensive.

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Texas, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston and others sued the state of Texas and the Texas Democratic Party earlier this month, contending the complicated system used in the March 4 primary election unfairly diluted Latino votes.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery cited high gas prices in his order canceling the hearing, which he issued Friday.

"Moreover, numerous gallons of $4.00 a gallon gasoline would be expended for a significant number of persons to appear with the result being an oral presentation of the already written arguments," Biery wrote.

The judge said he expects the plaintiffs in the case to respond in writing to a filing from the defendants.

I'm no lawyer, but this sounds a little fishy. Can a judge cancel hearings just because he thinks people shouldn't be driving? Why does he care so much about the economic impact of fuel costs and not the pollution that would be generated, which would happen no matter what the gas prices are? Why not require them to ride the bus? Or why not just do all hearings through correspondence? After all, gas prices aren't likely to go down anytime soon.

This seems like an odd decision.


Kels said...

Wow... blog advertisments! Can I get in on this?? Hmmm... what can I push the sale of...? Staples...! Individual ones... for $.01 each! ;-) J/K

Siphoning of gas is nothing new. My roomie was a victim of this over a year and a half ago in our apartment complex. Not only did they steal her gas, they totally ripped up her gas cap FORCING her to purchase a new one.

In relation to the blog post... I agree completely... it seems as if there would have to be some other pressing matter that caused the cancellation of this hearing!

Albatross said...

Yeah, Kels, that previous comment was such an obvious spam I had to delete it. I don't mind if people who are involved in the story say, Hey, check out my site to see where I am coming from. It's like them getting their side of the story out. But that one was obviously posted by someone cruising through blogs for anything gasoline related and slapping their comment up as a free advertisement for their product.

That having been said--staples? For just one cent each? Where can I sign up!?

Shorty said...

I read this story too and was surprised by the gas comment. I mean if we were all worried about gas prices then we could use that as an excuse for all sorts of things, couldn't we? Jury duty? sorry not enough gas. :D