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Claim seeks $100 million for child survivor of Connecticut school shooting
Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | December28, 2012 | Mary Ellen Godin

Posted on 12/28/2012 5:31:42 PM PST by John W

MERIDEN, Connecticut (Reuters) - A $100 million claim on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor is the first legal action to come out of the Connecticut school shooting that left 26 children and adults dead two weeks ago.

The unidentified client, referred to as Jill Doe, heard "cursing, screaming, and shooting" over the school intercom when the gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, opened fire, according to the claim filed by New Haven-based attorney Irv Pinsky.

"As a consequence, the ... child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined," the claim said.

Pinsky said he filed a claim on Thursday with state Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr., whose office must give permission before a lawsuit can be filed against the state.

"We all know its going to happen again," Pinsky said on Friday. "Society has to take action."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: lawsuit; sandyhook
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1 posted on 12/28/2012 5:31:47 PM PST by John W
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To: John W

What took so long for the vultures?


2 posted on 12/28/2012 5:33:41 PM PST by animal172 (RIP USA)
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To: John W
Parasite lawyer. Parasite parents. They've walked through the puddles of blood of the dead in order to profit. They have no idea whether or how much their child has been psychologically damaged and the only one truly liable for it blew his own brains out.
3 posted on 12/28/2012 5:36:16 PM PST by KarlInOhio (I'm tired of being beaten like a malcontent elf so Obama can pretend to be Santa.)
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To: animal172

The attorney did say he was approached by the child’s parents within a week of the shooting.


4 posted on 12/28/2012 5:36:16 PM PST by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: John W
While what happened was horrible, and I'm sure the child was traumatized, the perp is dead. He's responsible. To the extent the state didn't supply security, they may bear some responsibility. But 100MUSD isn't going to make the child whole. Only God can help her cope with the trauma.

/johnny

5 posted on 12/28/2012 5:38:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: John W
Pinsky's claim said that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and Education Commissioner had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from "foreseeable harm."

And the idiots in the jury will agree, never realizing that it is THEIR money that they are handing over to the family... and it's to one of the families that did NOT lose a child, too.

6 posted on 12/28/2012 5:39:58 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: John W
Beneath contempt.

Such slime comes stock with many lawyer$, but with bodies barely cold, these 'parent$' are worried about their little darling having heard some cursing, etc.

< spit >

7 posted on 12/28/2012 5:40:37 PM PST by tomkat (liberty or death)
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To: John W

“...
The lawsuit claims the state Board of Education, Department of Education, and Education Commissioner failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from “foreseeable harm.”
...”


8 posted on 12/28/2012 5:41:41 PM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Teacher317

Not to mention that the state will have $100 million less to do what they are complaining that they didn’t do.


9 posted on 12/28/2012 5:43:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: John W

Might be a good thing if local school boards can be made responsible for security. If your paying off lawsuits it would be harder to give your brother-in-law a maintenance contract or your daughter that full time admin job. Hell, you could give another brother-in-law the security job and continue to give teaching jobs to the kids of supporters.


10 posted on 12/28/2012 5:45:45 PM PST by Stentor (Shhhh!)
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To: Teacher317
And the idiots in the jury will agree, never realizing that it is THEIR money that they are handing over to the family

That's one reason lawyers try to pack juries with morons like the OJ jurors, people who couldn't spell "DNA" if you spotted them the 'D' the 'N' and the 'A'.

11 posted on 12/28/2012 5:47:35 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: TigersEye

Golden pistols shooting silver bullets are not necessary.


12 posted on 12/28/2012 5:47:35 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: tomkat

Well, kat, this might be the only way that the “SITTING DUCK” problem gets addressed.


13 posted on 12/28/2012 5:49:02 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

OK.


14 posted on 12/28/2012 5:50:46 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: John W

This is just idiotic.


15 posted on 12/28/2012 5:52:42 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: John W

My perspective on this is that if the State or Feds want to leave a school defenseless in direct contradiction to the 2nd amendment they should be held liable. Those who restrict us from defending ourselves should be held liable for not protecting us. The Constitution specifically states that the Fed is to “provide for the common defense” and if they take away our individual abilities they defend ourselves they should be held accountable for not doing so.


16 posted on 12/28/2012 5:53:18 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: Teacher317
Now each family that DID lose a child or loved one should get at least twice as much... times 26...

And every other surviving child should get the same amount... say about 200 kids in the school...

$100 million x 200... plus $200 million x 26... that's about $25.2 billion total.

The Connecticut state budget for education is about $11 billion. So we need to shut down every school in the state for over 2 years because somehow the taxpayers must be punished for the acts of Adam Lanza.

17 posted on 12/28/2012 5:54:13 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: John W

Well Mr Pinsky please do tell us when and where the next “forseeable” tragic event will occur .


18 posted on 12/28/2012 5:54:23 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: John W

Wow. A normal sensitive human being would just be grateful that their child lives. Pathetic.


19 posted on 12/28/2012 5:55:04 PM PST by SisterK (My kingdom is NOT of this world)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Perhaps

How unspeakably sad/shameful is that as commentary on what the Founders bequeathed us . . .

20 posted on 12/28/2012 5:57:06 PM PST by tomkat (liberty or death)
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To: John W; animal172; KarlInOhio; BlackElk

i used to know Irv. Compared to most attorneys, he’s a normal human being. I guess his client will get her day in court.


21 posted on 12/28/2012 5:57:44 PM PST by campaignPete R-CT (campaigned for local conservatives only)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

At some other Sitting Duck School?

This chap might be a stout Second Amendment advocate for all we know. Lawsuits like this almost never win ultimate awards nearly as big as they ask. Courts whittle them down to nubs.


22 posted on 12/28/2012 5:59:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Teacher317

Oops! It was the largest elementary school in the state. 600+ students. So make that total $65.2 billion in jury awards. Let’s shut down their schools for the entire state of 6 years then.


23 posted on 12/28/2012 5:59:05 PM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: John W

Pig lawyers.Pigs....pigs...pigs.


24 posted on 12/28/2012 5:59:26 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (When Robbing Peter To Pay Paul,One Can Always Count On Paul's Cooperation)
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To: tomkat

The kid must have heard cursing before in order to call it cursing.


25 posted on 12/28/2012 6:01:02 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: tomkat

The idea that there is a right to self defense is going to get a lot of anti 2nd amendment policies looked at with a jaundiced eye. This is a Good Thing.


26 posted on 12/28/2012 6:01:50 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: presently no screen name

Which means exactly what, Mr. or Ms. P?


27 posted on 12/28/2012 6:02:48 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: John W

Well, then I’m filing a claim too. I’ve heard non stop re-telling of all the gory details of this shooting, and it has totally spoiled my Christmas. Plus it has distracted our President and Legislators, and they hav enot solved the fiscal cliff problem, thus thrusting the country into financial chaos. I’ve suffered grievous harm as a result which should be worh a couple of Million, at least! sarc/off


28 posted on 12/28/2012 6:04:22 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Gay State Conservative

“Even a blind pig gets an acorn sometimes”


29 posted on 12/28/2012 6:04:48 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Let those who actually who had the closest nexus to the harm caused by idiotic anti self defense policy, sue first. This is not a circus! It’s an attempt to shut down the Sitting Duck exhibit at the already existing circus.

2nd amendment proponents are getting this lawsuit served up before them on a silver platter, and they are scoffing like knee jerkers at it.


30 posted on 12/28/2012 6:08:18 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Well Mr Pinsky please do tell us when and where the next “forseeable” tragic event will occur .

That’s exactly what I would ask the Seer Mr. Pinsky and hold his motion in abeyance until the next “forseeable” tragic event occurred or if if did not occur, dismiss the suit.


31 posted on 12/28/2012 6:12:47 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: John W

“....heard “cursing, screaming, and shooting” over the school intercom....”

G*& D&*^% F&*(&^% intercom companies!

(I thought for SURE this lawsuit was going to be against a firearm company.)


32 posted on 12/28/2012 6:16:52 PM PST by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Hello, Second Amendment Sisters???


33 posted on 12/28/2012 6:18:15 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Teacher317

Why don’t they sue the Lanza family?


34 posted on 12/28/2012 6:21:34 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: CynicalBear

Yes, but them being liable translates to the state being liable (since they were acting on behalf of the state) and hence the taxpayers foot the bill while the party responsible for the decision walks away scott free. Given civil service protections, doubt they would even lose their job.


35 posted on 12/28/2012 6:22:45 PM PST by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: Teacher317
>> had failed to take appropriate steps to protect children from "foreseeable harm." <<<

Steps like having armed security guards? How ironic will it be if the Democratic Trail Lawyers undermine the left's anti armed guard agenda through civil litigation?
36 posted on 12/28/2012 6:23:08 PM PST by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: John W
How about they change that last name from 'Doe' to 'Dough'. They're after plenty of it and don't deserve a single penny from the school. They should go after Nancy Lanza's estate, not a school with a quick-thinking Principle whose only option before she died was to flip the PA switch as an advance warning to her classrooms.

How does a lawsuit stop terrorist attacks?

37 posted on 12/28/2012 6:25:49 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: John W

And what’s going to prevent such claims in the future, not only in Connecticut, but everywhere else it happens from now on?

Not outlawing guns, I’ll tell you that. Nuts will always be able to get them. Only hiring security (as they do in Israel) and/or allowing [some] teachers to pack has a prayer of diminishing the number and severity of these outrages.


38 posted on 12/28/2012 6:28:44 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Your point is good.
Another good point would be the nature of compulsory education.

This is a public school.

We already know that many private schools routinely provide armed security guards for the protection of all their students.
Why? Because they acknowledge a potential threat to the students safety exists.
Are any of the public high schools and/or public middle schools in that area staffed with armed guards?

39 posted on 12/28/2012 6:28:49 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: John W
MERIDEN, Connecticut

I have spent a good deal of time in Meriden, CT.

When Connecticut needs an enema, Meriden is where they stick the tube.

It is a cesspool overrun by illegal immigrants who have turned a once beautiful, functioning, hard working town into a shite hole.

With regard to this lawsuit...I smell fraud.

40 posted on 12/28/2012 6:30:43 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Liberals are a wrecking crew dismantling civilization by replacing what works with what feels good.)
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To: Teacher317

The thing is, that they will go after the firearms manufactures.

Even if Bushmaster, Glock et al are found only one percent responsible, if the suit is for 100 million dollars.....

Thinking like a leftist lawyer, I would go after the companies that made the weapons and the dealers that sold them, even if one out of a hundred lawsuits won, and even if only for a few percent liability, one could put a lot of people out of business.


41 posted on 12/28/2012 6:35:49 PM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, Deport all illegals, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: John W
Lawyers are the commissars of American-style Socialism, or "Communism with American characteristics" as Chairman Mao might have described it.
42 posted on 12/28/2012 6:36:58 PM PST by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: TigersEye
Not to mention that the state will have $100 million less to do what they are complaining that they didn’t do.

And nothing that the hysterical money-grabbing screamers are suggesting can have a milimeter's worth of additional safety...

Been There - Done That

43 posted on 12/28/2012 6:39:15 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: CynicalBear
Those who restrict us from defending ourselves should be held liable for not protecting us.

The courts, including the Supreme Court, have repeatedly held that Law Enforcement is unable to prevent every murder or mass killing, nor do they have the obligation to do so!

Hello??!!??

44 posted on 12/28/2012 6:43:29 PM PST by publius911 (Look for the Union Label -- then buy something else)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I get your point HT, and it's a good one .. perhaps a 2A win can come out of it somehow .. fingers crossed.

But regardless that aspect, those 'parent$' reek of a callous selfishness that boggles this mind.

45 posted on 12/28/2012 6:46:54 PM PST by tomkat (liberty or death)
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To: John W

So this kid heard cursing, screaming and shooting over the intercom, how is that $100,000,000.00 worse than a violent movie or video game?

This wasn’t even a kid in the room where the killing took place, there it’s a kid from that room who it’s alive, I would say that that kid it’s far worse off by watching all of her friends die.


46 posted on 12/28/2012 6:48:16 PM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage ("Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.")
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To: drbuzzard

That may well be. And in the short term there will be negatives for the state. However, it’s time we force the issue of the risk to them of taking away our second amendment rights. I believe they are truly liable for the deaths of those children and adults. It the attitude had been different and there were teachers, administrators, or others in the school that were armed and the public was well aware of that we all know the outcome would have been different. Sure it’s “our” taxes but they already have that and if we take more of that away from them and continue to force the issue maybe we can get across to them that “shall not be infringed” was there for a reason. I would hope that the general public would begin to realize that the state/fed is irresponsible by not allowing defense.


47 posted on 12/28/2012 6:50:12 PM PST by CynicalBear
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To: John W

who is the claim against pray tell?


48 posted on 12/28/2012 6:56:43 PM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: KarlInOhio

Instead of being GRATEFUL their child survived, these greedy ghouls are trying to take advantage of a mass tragedy.

One more example of why SOME people really don’t serve to be free. If you want to be a professional victim you should be condemned to perpetual serfdom.

Freedom is a heady brew and despite those words in the Declaration, the Founding Fathers were never exposed to the kind of morally corrupt scum that populates sectors of modern America.


49 posted on 12/28/2012 7:01:50 PM PST by ZULU (See video: http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-first-siege-of-vienna.html)
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To: publius911

Nice try. However they are responsible when they take our rights away as per the 2nd amendment they have made us vulnerable. They also use the flawed reasoning that the police are there “to protect and serve” so we shouldn’t need guns. Shout all you want but they have put themselves into just the position you claim they don’t have.


50 posted on 12/28/2012 7:05:37 PM PST by CynicalBear
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