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Rachel Corrie’s parents try to sue Caterpillar ... again
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, July 12, 2007

I'm sure most of you, being the sorts who follow stories like hers, know who Rachel Corrie is. Apparently her parents, not satisfied with the explanation that Corrie put herself in a position in which the accident which killed her was bound to happen, are again attempting to cash in on her death by blaming the instrument of her death and the company who manufactured it:
The family of a woman killed trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home in 2003 asked a federal appeals court panel to reinstate its lawsuit against Caterpillar Inc., saying the company knew bulldozers it sold to the Israeli government were being used to commit human rights violations.

"Caterpillar sold this product knowing — or it should have known — it would cause exactly this harm," one of the family's lawyers, Duke University law professor Erwin Chemerinsky told the three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.

Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old peace activist from Olympia, Washington, was crushed by a 60-ton Israeli bulldozer as she stood before a Palestinian home in the Gaza Strip.

Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, sued Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar, which manufactured the bulldozer, seeking to hold the company civilly liable for aiding and abetting human rights violations — the destruction of civilian homes.
Hmmm ... I guess it isn't possible that a single road in Israel has been graded by a bulldozer. Or a building site prepared? Or any of a hundred different things which bulldozers normally do. If your case is anchored in the premise that the bulldozer was sold specifically to flatten Palestinian houses from which attacks on Israel were launched, well that seems a bit weak.

So it comes as no surprise to me that a judge said, outta here when it was filed.

And this reasoning:
"Caterpillar sold this product knowing — or it should have known — it would cause exactly this harm,"
Uh huh. And when General Electric's Electro Motive Division builds a diesel locomotive, they should know that some nut-case may try to share track space with one barreling through the night at 60 mph, right? And because of that, they shouldn't sell the locomotive, correct? But if they do, then it is their fault for not anticipating the nut-case's plan?

You see, normal people don't put themselves in the way of 60 ton moving machines, especially when the operator of the machine can't see them. The negligence in such cases doesn't rest with the operator or the machine, and that's essentially what the court has tried to get across to the Corries once.

This is just another, in a long line of examples, of the sad propensity of some to refuse to recognize individual responsibility. It is an attempt at blame shifting by the Corries as a salve for their refusal to accept the fact that Rachel Corrie's death was her own fault.

Hopefully (we are talking about the 9th Circus) the court will tell them, very nicely of course, to pack sand.
 
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Her parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, sued Peoria, Illinois-based Caterpillar, which manufactured the bulldozer, seeking to hold the company civilly liable for aiding and abetting human rights violations - the destruction of civilian homes.
I’m not a lawyer, nor do I play one on tv, but I’m thinking that the court should find that since the plantiffs didn’t have their homes destroyed, they can’t sue on those grounds. I would also think the court wouldn’t have jurisdiction over civil rights violations that occur in other countries.
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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Wasn’t Corrie already packed into sand? 8^P
 
Written By: Crusader
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Crusader- NICE!

She’s a joke in death, as she was in life.
 
Written By: shark
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Dear Mr/Mrs Corrie:
The tractor could have been made by Caterpillar, International Harvester or Mattell - it would not have mattered. Your daughter is dead because she was a dumbsh*t. Get over it!
 
Written By: SShiell
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I’d have thought a law suit could only have been brought for defective equipment. When a 110 lb moonbat committs suicide by tossing herself under a 110,000 lb bulldozer and it squishes her, where’s the defect?

That’s just physics.

Maybe they should sue Isaac Newton’s decendants, you know, ’cause he like, invented gravity and stuff? (Maybe I can too, since I fall off my chair laughing every time I think about some terrorist-sympathizing Useful Idiot under a Caterpillar.)

 
Written By: Augustus
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I’d have thought a law suit could only have been brought for defective equipment. When a 110 lb moonbat committs suicide by tossing herself under a 110,000 lb bulldozer and it squishes her, where’s the defect?
Her brain....
 
Written By: shark
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Well, it’s obviously, really.

Guns don’t kill people, bulldozers do!

 
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