Everyone in the world knows that the United States is the land of consumerism. Americans have spread and made fashionable the lust for things and brands. Who can forgot Dear Leader Bush’s imploring people to “go shopping” to relieve the shock caused by the September 11 attack on American complacency? What better therapy for the masses than to increase their credit card debt?
Of course, not every country in the world allows people, companies, and organizations to shop for the verdict they desire in a criminal or civil law case. How can anyone believe in a legal system that lets people bargain for their punishment or shop around for a judge to provide a favorable ruling on their case? The current battle between NFL owners and players illustrates this perfectly. Every few days a new court ruling reverses the one recently reported. Each side merely finds a new judge to give them the ruling they want, which merely means the other side spins the cycle another turn. And, every report of some case includes the words “plea bargain”, which makes one wonder about the seriousness of the legal system.
It is no wonder that the United States is the land to lawyer jokes. I have not heard one in any other country I know.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.