Matt Towery

Now it's being suggested that the whole "trial" process be junked in favor of a binding decision, apparently by an arbitrator. What a farce.

Whatever she does, many people believe it won't be to advance the cause of justice. And it certainly won't bolster the reputations of high-flying attorneys who seem to swoop down with talons bared wherever controversy breaks out.

There are exceptions to the rule of free-speech suppression. Last Sunday, quarterback Michael Vick of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons took out his frustrations on a group of heckling fans as he left the field by exercising his own interpretation of free speech. He "flipped the bird," which is a manual version of the dreaded "F" word, another un-tolerated speech word.

I'm a Michael Vick fan. I'm not looking for anyone to add to his already considerable troubles with this incident. But I have to ask, where is the silk-shirted corporate attorney, appearing on a major television talk show to defend the "rights" of those fans? Why didn't Gloria Allred rush to the defense of the offended women and children who may now be scarred for life as a result of Vick's crudity?

It seems freedom of speech and lawsuits are a highly selective matter.

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery