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Shakespeare on the PA Bench?

December 23, 2011

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Inside many lawyers is a frustrated artist.  That certainly seems to be the case with Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Eakin.  In the case of <em>Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Daniel Goodson</em>, Goodson was convicted of, among other crimes, insurance fraud.  The basis for the crime was that Goodson submitted a legitimate insurance claim to State Farm.  However, he was unhappy with the amount, so when he cashed the check he changed the amount.  State Farm discovered the crime and a criminal prosecution resulted.  Goodman appealed the insurance fraud conviction to Pennsylvania’s highest court and Judge Eakin has now penned the <a href="">decision</a>.  The decision must be read to be believed but it includes such text as:
<p style="text-align: center;"> it’s just they’re neither part nor parcel of an insurance claim.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">His first claim was legitimate and, resemblances notwithstanding,</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">he later passed a counterfeit check, no insurance coverage demanding.</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">Just because the bogus check shows an insurance company’s name</p>
<p style="text-align: center;">doesn’t make the crime insurance fraud — it’s simply not the same.</p>
You can’t make some of this stuff up.
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