Class-action lawyers, of course.
That's how the editorial writers at the Madison County Record see it, anyway.
The headline says it all: "Drugs are just the tip of the iceberg in St. Clair and Madison Counties."
First, the editorial writers touch on the recent drug scandals in the courts of St. Clair County, Illinois:
We profess shock at the death of a young judge from cocaine intoxication, the arrest of his friend and fellow judge for heroin possession, the participation of both in ticket-fixing and charge-dropping schemes for their drug suppliers, and the other crimes and casualties associated with this ring of scofflaws . . .
According to the editorical writers at the Madison County Record, you might think this is bad, but it's actually much worse. The heroin and cocaine, the arrests and ticket-fixing and charge-dropping, the drug suppliers and scofflaws . . . this is nothing but "the tip of the iceberg."
What's the rest of the iceberg composed of?
Class-action lawyers, of course!
Is there anyone in St. Clair or Madison County who can honestly say he didn’t know that unscrupulous attorneys from all over the country have been flocking to our courts for years, representing bogus classes with bogus claims, for the sole purpose of “legally” extorting money from legitimate companies with useful products and helpful services?
That's right. The editorial writers at the Madison County Record have taken the recent drug-related events in St. Clair County as an opportunity to trot out their same old, tired, politically-motivated, false claims about plaintiffs' lawyers.
I'm not surprised, considering the source. (See, e.g., this old post, "Our City's Most Amateur Newspaper, the Madison County Record, Is Revealed To Be a Fraud.")
What's surprising to me is the way that the editorial writers at the Madison County Record--who may have a valid point to make now and then, you never know--allow their message to be lost in the noisy din of their own overstatement.
If the editorical writers had a valid point to make . . . well, they lost me at the headline.
Go ahead and read the full editorial if you must, but only for grins.
BONUS LINKS . . . Here's some background on the drug-related happenings in St. Clair County, Illinois, from the Belleville News-Democrat--