At the beginning of the year, there are always these lists, “the best or worst of this or that.” There should be a “stupid” one and I’m sure there is. I can surely think of several to make it, myself included: the governor of Illinois tops the list but, in my view, he’s just a politician and his stupidity is confined to that field which deserves their own category of “stupid.” However, one with serious implications for citizens and one that is “stupid” for reasons that elude common sense is this one: the Supreme court negated the California Good Samaritan law. The law is one where if in the act of helping in a crisis, i. e., accident, etc , the Good Samaritan is not held liable. Makes sense.
Well, not to the majority of the CA Supreme Court. The basic facts: a motorist’s car crashed. A fellow traveler stopped, dragged the injured motorist from the car fearing the car was about to explode. You guessed it, the injured motorist sued (naturally a Californian who will sue over anything) saying that she was further injured because of the action of the Good Samaritan. I may not have all the facts completely straight but for illustrative purposes they are. After this judicial stupidity, how many Good Samaritans will be helping out? Unlike these judges, most of us are not that stupid.