Monday, October 6, 2008
Lawyer by Day, Ref by Sunday
A few weeks ago, the end of a Chargers/Broncos football game was decided by a clear mistake by referee Ed Hochuli. The call was reviewed, but the key mistake (incorrectly whistling the play dead) was unreviewable, essentially because it would be unfair to players who reasonably relied upon the whistle. (The review process in football, and I expect other sports, provides one nice way to discuss standards of review, incidentally.)
What I've been meaning to note is that Hochuli, a generally very well-regarded referee, is also a lawyer who includes among his specialties various areas of tort law, including toxic torts and products liability more generally.
Perhaps we can get an off-season guest post?