After the Grief: The Lawyers

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross has delineated five stages of reaction to death, from denial to acceptance, but in America there is a sixth: litigation. Just days after the Columbine shootings, the father of Isaiah Shoels, a slain 18-year-old, made a call to attorney Geoffrey Fieger, famous for defending Jack Kevorkian, about representing his family. No suits have been filed yet, and Colorado bars lawyers from soliciting clients for 30 days after an incident. But it is probable that a wave of lawsuits is coming from the victims' families and from those injured in the shootings. What is less certain is what good they...

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