Baria: Cuevas drops '07 election challenge
Jul 29, 2008 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Sunherald.com
Former Democratic state Sen. Scottie Cuevas has dropped his appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court over a close 2007 Democratic primary, his replacement confirmed Monday.
Saint Paul, MN
Now, if we could just get "short pants" to bow out.
Well good. David Baria is one of the finest men I know. He has been working extremely hard since taking office. David is a fighter and a good man.
If he's the finest man you know then you really need some new friends. Is he nice, yes, is he ethical? Just do a google search, be sure to get passed the election results.
The FBI is investigating huge jury verdicts in Jefferson County and several of the trial lawyers who have been involved with them, according to sources close to the investigation." Last year, when a local resident interviewed by CBS Minutes suggested that jurors profit "under the table" from some of the huge verdicts, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association official David Baria called for a criminal investigation; now that he's got one, however, he's not so happy about it, calling the FBI probe "a concerted effort to demonize lawyers and judges" as well as politically motivated.
Your right... He's a swell guy, not arrogant at all.
Boycott du Jour
I recently met David Baria, president of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, for the first time. He was in the lounge side of Bravo Restaurant in Highland Village, lightheartedly holding court with his wife, also an attorney, a couple family members, and various and assorted other confident folks in business suits drinking red wine and martinis. He was boisterous, even as the state Legislature was facing a contentious debate over whether or not to enact civil tort reform—his personal bête noir—in the state. I got the feeling that he and his entourage might gather often in that very same spot; they were clearly a part of the vibrant young professional scene at Bravo.
That was then.
In recent weeks, and during the Legislature’s special session on tort reform, the debate’s gotten ugly—so vinegary that people like Baria are giving up their favorite restaurant seats.
On Oct. 15, on the sixth day of the special session, Bravo owner Jeff Good, a respected businessman who also owns Broad Street Deli, attended a physicians’ rally for tort reform at the capitol building. WLBT-TV interviewed Good for five minutes, ultimately using two sentences on the broadcast:“The threat of thinking something we do may come back to get us is of some concern,” and “This is not the time to try and rebuild wealth through the court system; it’s time to build wealth through good hard work.”
Continued... Such a nice guy
After the program, Baria waged his own personal boycott. He wrote on the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association listserv that he would no longer patronize Good’s establishments because the restaurateur is taking positions that Baria believes “would jeopardize the constitutional rights of Mississippians.”
“I didn’t call for a boycott,” Baria said in an interview.“But I feel like the choice of where I dine is my choice to make; if somebody selling insurance is at the capitol advocating tort reform, I don’t have to buy insurance from them.”
The listserv posting was forwarded around North Jackson circles, drawing others to speak out against Baria’s decision. Good’s friend Susan Nelson Pickard wrote an e-mail for wide distribution, lambasting Baria:“Jeff was interviewed on TV this week in favor of tort reform and changes in our out-of-control legal system.… David Baria has asked all members of the Trial Lawyer Association to boycott Jeff’s restaurants because of his views on tort reform. The actions of the attorneys is so petty and very disturbing (sic).”
Baria wrote Good on Oct. 29 to plead his case, saying that he had indeed mentioned to other attorneys the names of several business owners who are vocally supporting tort reform. He added,“I did not single you out in my e-mail. However, I did say that due to your voiced positions I would not be seen in your restaurants, and I will not—it would be hypocritical of me to do otherwise. I purposefully stopped short of advocating a boycott because the organization of which I am president has not had the opportunity to vote on such a serious action.” This e-mail, too, became part of the growing body of e-mail discovery in the case of Baria v. Good.
Now Baria says he regrets the stir his posting has caused, but says he “just got fed up” with being demonized because he believes tort reform is a “farce” being pushed by big business and the press.“We’ve been hammered for so long in the media. The underlying message is that it’s the fault of greedy trial lawyers, that we’re jackals. I’m tired of it. I’m none of those things.” Baria said he goes to the soccer field with his kids and gets verbally attacked by physicians’ wives.“I’m told it’s all my fault.”
Good, for his part, has not responded to Baria’s e-mail and has avoided the media since his two sentences were broadcast. He does say that becoming an Internet urban legend has rather surprised him:“Everyone has the right to free speech. It’s fascinating that it’s played out on the Internet for so many. I feel like my 15 minutes of fame has been stretched to 45 minutes.”
Some trial attorneys are openly saying that they are “boycotting” Good’s restaurants due to his position on tort reform. On the other side, pro-reform folks are seizing the opportunity to bash trial lawyers:“Poor Jeff Good, the owner of Bravo,” wrote the Northside Sun’s Wyatt Emmerich.“He had the nerve to show up for a tort reform rally. He happened to make a pro-reform comment on TV. Now the plaintiffs’ attorneys are launching a boycott of his restaurant via e-mail. Apparently free speech is not part of our jackpot justice system.”
Still, Baria isn’t budging, or returning to Good’s businesses anytime soon.“It’s difficult to articulate the way my colleagues and I feel about this. You really have to understand how wrong this farce is and how bad it is for people.” As for Good, Baria hears the flap has helped his businesses.“Doctors have rallied to his aid,” Baria said.
So after getting run out of Jackson he came here... bamboozled us and is back in Jackson as some sort of twisted victor.
Don't we feel stupid
I never knew this about him. Why didn't Cuevas bring some of this up in the election. I saw Baria several times but never saw Cuevas campaign.
I hate trial lawyers and what they have done to the United States. If I had known I'd have never voted for him. Thanks, for the info.
Because David believes in eating where he chooses you think that makes him a monster? You are funny.
I too tell people when I do or do not frequent establishments. I guess Im just wrong for having an opinion.
Gallo Notes: August 4th, 2008
Beam me up Scotty. Where is former Senator Cuevas when you need him? The man who slipped by Cuevas was trial lawyer David Baria, and Monday he may have cost the state’s taxpayers a lot of money for absolutely no other reason than pure politics.
Here are ten very, very basic points from the G.R.I.T. reports:
1-The Gov. added this to the Call to rectify a certification needed by the Health Lab.
2-The legislation would re-title the Lab and meet National Certification guidelines.
3-This was nothing more than “pushing paper” without any additional dollars.
4-As bizarre as he may seem, I'm told that the full House and Senate INCLUDING SENATOR DAVID BARIA VOTED FOR THE LEGISLATION..THEN---
5-Baria held the Bill he'd just voted FOR on a Motion to Reconsider. When you ask numerous folks, the only reason given is that Baria wanted to keep the Senate at the Capitol in hopes his allies in the House would have time to (believe it or not) push through the tobacco tax yet again.
6-Baria was informed that Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant intended to Sine Die, but decided to stand by his motion. The House left. The Senate left. The legislation died. Politics played. Voters screwed!
7-The Gov. has stated he doesn’t plan to call another Special Session just to solve the Health Lab. If he does, that’s tens of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars that Baria must answer for.
8- If the state has to hire lawyers to fight for Certification, taxpayers will again have to cough up the money, but at least Senator Baria will be generating revenue for lawyers.
9-Maybe Scotty needs to start printing those bumper stickers and yard signs now.
10-A very displeased Speaker may have been counseled by several members of the Black Caucus to give it up. With the Senate Sine Die, the House members could have been looking at getting another paycut.
Is any of this stuff true?
Baria seems like a nice guy but I've been googleing him and it is amazing what is out there.
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