In Love With Lawsuits


Litigation offers still another anodyne. It helps us fritter away our leisure. From the media frenzy over the von Bulow case, we have moved (I could hardly say advanced) to the ultimate in court coverage, start-to-finish live video dramas, starring real people—sometimes even starring real stars, like O. J. Simpson. Televised trial action, with instant replay and hush-voiced commentators providing tactical analysis and “color,” has brought litigation back to what our forebears knew it to be: the best show in town.

I wonder when judges, like football referees, will begin to be expected to call time-outs (the courtroom term is recesses ) to let the commercials run.