PETITION OF RIGHT
Bob and Jackie Finney are two plain folks in a lonely fight to enforce their rights against THE DARK SIDE, which includes an unethical HMO, greedy CEOs, and corrupt State bureaucratic bullies.
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Department of Managed Health Care won't enforce patient rights laws that Governor Gray Davis devised to fool the folks who don't "pay-to-play."
PAY-TO-PLAY IS WRONG!
That's why Jackie filed a "Petition," requesting that a State court judge order the bureaucrats to protect patients, not her HMO. Bob will file his own "Petition" in federal court, if Medicare protects these same powerful folks at the expense of plain folks. Jackie and Bob aren't lawyers. They wrote and filed the Petition themselves without any help from lawyers.
Jackie's "Petition of Right" has been inspired by many extraordinary individuals who refused to waive their legal rights in spite of coercion and retaliation by the powerful.
A "Petition of Right" is best explained in David Mamet's film, The Winslow Boy, based on the true story of a young boy who was wrongly expelled from the Royal Naval College for theft and forgery. His father's attempts to obtain a fair trial were rebuffed by the British bureaucracy, which refused to admit the possibility that its secret proceedings were rigged and had resulted in an unjust decision that harmed the boy and his family.
The boy's only hope was to set forth his request for an open trial in a "Petition of Right," which if accepted by the Home office and the Attorney General, could be presented to the King. In English Law, the King's government is assumed to be sovereign (i.e., THE CROWN CAN DO NO WRONG) and cannot be sued without the King's consent. Only then could the boy's case come to trial.
King Edward VII signed the boy's "Petition of Right" in May, 1909, writing "LET RIGHT BE DONE."
Four days into the trial, the British Admiralty announced that it had accepted the boy's claim of innocence that it had rejected twice before in secret proceedings at which the boy had no representation and advocacy.