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Old 04-23-2015, 11:45 AM
 
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I think the family should be awarded a box of cigarillos. The lawyer can smoke half.

 
Old 04-23-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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The Department of Justice ruling on this pretty much destroys this stupid case.
 
Old 04-23-2015, 01:07 PM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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Like someone else said, "See the OJ civil Trial"
Taking a quote from my Mother in law( 35 years as a trial lawyer) "Getting 12 Strangers to agree on something Is the most unpredictable thing on the planet.
Since this a Civil Trial you don't need all 12 to be Unanimous.
 
Old 04-23-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I agree with a previous poster in that this is about bringing names into the open. $75,000 seems like such a low number to sue for in the event of a death. Suspiciously low, even. I'm sure I'll be corrected if I am wrong, but aren't most higher-profile wrongful death suits filed for amounts into the millions?

I feel bad for the family losing a child. I don't think anyone is happy about that. I do think they need to move on and not continue to beat this horse (sorry, I couldn't think of a better phrase).

I really hope this one gets thrown out in short order.
 
Old 04-23-2015, 01:49 PM
 
Location: Leaving fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
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They are probably hoping that Ferguson will settle which is why they have set the damages they are asking for fairly low. $75k is not a lot and it might easily cost that much or more just to defend the action. My guess is that they would take $25k plus attorney fees and walk away.
I hope the City of Ferguson doesn't settle. It will set a precedent, then anytime something like this happens there will be a law suit. Tax payers will be on the hook.
 
Old 04-23-2015, 01:56 PM
 
Location: San Francisco
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Incidentally, has anyone apologized to the poor beleaguered merchants of Ferguson for the looting and terrorizing that they were subjected to?
 
Old 04-23-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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If they win that $75 K they will have new rims on the family car and a big wide screen tv. What better way to honor their little boy's memory ?

Don
 
Old 04-23-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Well, now they will be able to buy stuff vs steal it. Outstanding.
 
Old 04-23-2015, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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Well, now they will be able to buy stuff vs steal it. Outstanding.

That money will only last a short period of time........they don't exactly look like investors to me.

Don
 
Old 04-23-2015, 03:09 PM
 
Location: St Louis, MO
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Okay, I got an answer on the $75k. The $75k only means that they are seeking damages in excess of $75,000 including punitive damages. Missouri does not use numbers about $75k when punitive damages are included.
They are also seeking a permanent injunction against the police department to prevent policing of African-American people in Ferguson. Not sure where they are going with that. But also an order forcing the city to accept a federal consent decree for monitoring for 5 years.

That last part is big. Based on the experience of other cities, monitoring could cost Ferguson tens of millions of dollars a year for that five year period.
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