THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT . . . I'm referring to the new House legislation called the "Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act," which would suspend lawyers from practicing law if sanctioned three times for filing frivolous lawsuits. And I'm also referring to the "Better Safer Healthcare Initiative," a law proposed in the state of Washington that would remove a doctor's license to practice medicine after three malpractice verdicts.
Here's my question about these and similar proposals: Why does it always take three failures for the sanction to kick in? Why not two? Or four? Or only one? It must be the baseball metaphor run amuck. How else to explain it?