If our goal is to persuade the American people to utilize our courts as little as possible, we have furthered that objective in this case. If justice be our quest, citizens must receive better treatment. The judiciary must somehow afford more efficacious monitoring of delayed cases. We must achieve this goal through action, not just by words.
In the movie, the whole scenario from incident to conclusion occurs over less than a year (none of her children age at all during the movie). And her greatest challenge is to answer some mildly uncomfortable questions at trial.
That is why I think it is important to make students aware of cases such as this one recently reported.
Lindsey Bullard was a 14-year-old Powder Springs, (Ga) middle-schooler when she was stopped by a man holding a video camera as she walked down the strip in Panama City, Fla., on spring break in 2000. When the man asked her to step into a nearby parking lot and expose her breasts, Bullard complied and was given a beaded necklace in return.
The cameraman later sold the video for “Girls Gone Wild, College Girls Exposed” and a photo of Bullard exposing her breasts was put on the cover and used in TV commercials aired nationwide.
Ms. Bullard filed suit in Federal Court in Atlanta in 2004 for commercial appropriation. Unsure whether the suit could be properly maintained in Georgia, the Federal court certified the question to the state Supreme Court. The Georgia court upheld her right to sue in a decision issued March 28, 2013. Ms. Bullard is now 26 years old. And now, her case can proceed ostensibly through discovery and then on to trial - at some unknown additional number of years from now.
Ms. Bullard in "Girls Gone Wild Ad": Source: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/georgia-woman-takes-case-against-girls-gone-wild-s/nSSXx/