Equitable in no way implies equal. It means dealing fairly and equally with all parties involved. Yes, the root word equal is used in both yours and my sentences by the meaning is very different in each context.
It this context, equitable means bth parties are treated fairly. Giving the woman $7M is not a fair result given the damages she incurred. Just is a moral determination. The fact she was wronged and the guilty parties (the state) identified and penalized is a just result. Sometimes an award of one cent is just but not equitable.
[QOUTE]Obviously there is disagreement on that statement just here in this thread. And when it comes to civil damage awards, one could easily argue that they are like housing prices---if somebody is willing to pay $X million for a house, that house is worth $X million. Thus back to my argument: if the people of Chicago are willing to keep re-electing bozos who incur, through their malice and incompetence, multi-million dollar payments extracted from their constituency, then it must be fair, no?[/QUOTE]
No. It is the judicial system that arbitrarily awarded a nonsensical amount of money. They have no such power to extort the public to vote for people who will not abuse the public. Their ONLY interest is to determine percentages of guilt and awarding damages for a particular case. They do not make policy. In this case, the judicial branch failed miserably and I expect the award will be reduced by an order of magnitude once some responsible adults review the matter. But that won;t make the sensationalistic news that this over the top award has prodiced.