In 2011, when he put together his expensive gay-parade costume he had been diligent that it did not violate any San Diego laws. It was a leather gladiator outfit.
But, humans plans, and reality often plays out differently.
The police assessed the costume as constituting a form of public nudity. They gave Walters options to avoid arrest. He didn't opt in.
Long story short, he filed a lawsuit against the San Diego police five years ago. On December 13th of this year, after piling up $1 million in legal fees, a federal jury acquitted the police. His attorney Chris Morris didn't hear from him since then.
Now we know why. Walters committed suicide. According to this media coverage, the reason was the despondency over that big nut of a legal bill.
Of course, this stands as a strong argument for tort reform, that is, the movement to discourage lawsuits without merit. Walters, of course, assumed his cause had merit.
What those savvy about litigation should have told Walters is how expensive and difficult it is to win a lawsuit - even one with seeming merit. Moreover, litigation is in itself a wild card.
Giant corporations with the best lawyers lose lawsuits, even after years of appeals. That high cost of litigation with no promise of positive results is a major reason why litigation practices in BigLaw are flat or are experiencing a downward trajectory.
Instead, those with a grievance can complain to regulatory bodies, start a foundation, leverage social media and hire a retired (affordable) media representative to get their beef to the attention of establishment media.
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