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Monday, January 22, 2007

Rock, Paper, Gun

Sisteenrps A federal judge in Georgia has apparently decided to settle some of the disputes in a consumer debt-collection case by making the lawyers do "rock-paper-scissors."  If this sort of alternative dispute resolution catches on, we'll need professional advice from folks like the World Rock-Paper-Scissors Society, which has been "serving the needs of decision makers since 1918."

Which reminds me that my two little boys have learned a Texas version of this, which is called "rock-paper-gun."  Gun apparently beats both scissors and paper.

[ADD:  Alan Childress over at our sister blog, Legal Profession, makes the excellent point that this kind of conduct by judges isn't likely to increase public confidence in the judicial system.]

[Frank Snyder]

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