The newest tort-reform opponent: Former D.A. -- I mean Senator -- Fred Thompson 

Fred Thompson, the presidential favorite of many conservatives in 2008, has become a lobbyist for trial lawyers in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Association for Justice says in a press release, "Senator Thompson will assist TAJ in their efforts to ensure that Tennesseans maintain a full measure of justice in Tennessee courts."

This is about fighting tort reform, according to Andy Sher at the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, business interests, doctors, nursing homes and hospitals, as well as the Republican-dominated General Assembly, are pushing for tort reform this year and will seek to cap jury awards for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering in lawsuits.

In their news release, the trial lawyers didn’t specifically mention tort reform but said Thompson, an attorney, “identifies with the citizens of this state and relates to their concerns and needs. He will play an integral part in guaranteeing that their rights are protected.”

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