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Avoiding the Rush to Judgment in a Breach of Contract Case


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1/1/2016
Jonathan Cooper
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I just came across a story reporting that one of the San Francisco Giants' highly touted former prospects has now sued them for breach of contract, apparently blaming them for terminating their relationship after the prospect was accused by the authorities of murdering a man back in 2009.

At this point, it seems that the charges against the prospect were dropped.

On the one hand, it's certainly hard to blame the Giants for terminating the agreement; they presumably didn't want the headache of bringing along a player with potentially disastrous character issues and/or off-the-field baggage. Nor, for that matter, would they necessarily want to continue a relationship with a prospect who was out of professional baseball - for whatever reason - for an extended period of time.

On the other hand, let's suppose that the prospect was wrongfully accused, and he's now earned his freedom back. Would it be fair to allow the Giants to renege on their contract with this prospect, especially if their basis for breaking the agreement was wrong information.

In my view, that's why it's so important not to rush to judgment about a case before all the relevant facts are in.

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