The law was created to protect human rights, personal property, and, in essence, to keep us dastardly humans from killing each other. Itâ€™s easy to highlight corrupt cops, overcrowded prisons, and money-grubbing lawyers in order to chalk the system up as a failure. Itâ€™s flawed, sure. But in a roundabout way, itâ€™s served its purpose, for the most part.
Donâ€™t worry, this isnâ€™t a politically motivated think-piece. But itâ€™s important to establish that the legal system isnâ€™t always motivated by the endless pursuit of liberty and justice for all. To say the absolute least, itâ€™s complicated.
Today on FilthyRich, we highlight the absurd, the strange, and the downright bizarre. So brew yourself a coffee, make sure itâ€™s not too hot, and settle in for our exploration of the most bizarre lawsuits in legal history.
Robert Brock v. Himself
One night back in 1993, Robert Brock had a few too many alcoholic beverages and then proceeded to â€śgo out and get arrested.â€ť Simple enough, right? Not exactly. You see, by consuming the alcoholic beverages, Robert Brock claimed to have violated his own religious beliefs. He was so disappointed in himself that a few years later Brock sued himself for $5 million in damages.
But hereâ€™s the kicker. Because Robert Brock was incarcerated and unable to afford the lofty damage claim, he asked the state to foot the bill. Though the judge praised Brockâ€™s â€śinnovative approach to civil-rights litigation,â€ť she dismissed his case outright.