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Jurors award nearly half-million dollars to handyman who slayed 7 at suburban restaurant
foxnews.com ^ | March 9, 2014

Posted on 03/11/2014 5:28:45 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

CHICAGO – A former handyman serving life in prison for the 1993 murder of seven people at a suburban Chicago restaurant has been awarded nearly a half-million dollars in a civil lawsuit in which he alleged a jail guard punched him in the face.

Victims' relatives Sunday criticized jurors' decision for James Degorski, who, with an accomplice, shot and stabbed two restaurant owners and five workers at Brown's Chicken and Pasta during a botched robbery. Their bodies were found in a walk-in cooler and freezer.

Degorski, now 41, accused a Cook County Jail guard of punching him and breaking his cheekbone and eye socket in 2002 — just after Degorski's arrest in what had been one of the most notorious, unsolved murder cases in Illinois history.

"If broken bones are worth a half-million, then how much are seven lives worth? This just doesn't feel right," said Ann Ehlenfeldt, a sister of Richard Ehlenfeldt, one of the owners who was killed.

But Degorski's attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, hailed the jury's decision, which came Friday after a three-day trial.

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1 posted on 03/11/2014 5:28:45 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Why is this guy even still breathing?


2 posted on 03/11/2014 5:31:41 AM PDT by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: SolidRedState

Exactly.


3 posted on 03/11/2014 5:32:31 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: SolidRedState

Because the guard didn’t hit him hard enough?


4 posted on 03/11/2014 5:33:35 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SolidRedState

“Why is this guy even still breathing?”

Chicago..............need I say more?


5 posted on 03/11/2014 5:33:39 AM PDT by V_TWIN
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To: ilovesarah2012

That dirtbag lawyer is doing a happy dance.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 5:34:16 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: ilovesarah2012

And the families of his victims can’t even sue to take his money because the statute of limitations has expired for a civil case. I don’t think this is the kind of judicial system our founders envisioned.


7 posted on 03/11/2014 5:37:17 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

1993? Why is that subhuman, murderous dirtbag even alive? He should have been executed many years ago.


8 posted on 03/11/2014 5:37:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: AppyPappy

Let’s see how he feels when the families of his victims sue his ass for that half million dollars...


9 posted on 03/11/2014 5:37:37 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: ilovesarah2012

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”


10 posted on 03/11/2014 5:38:25 AM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Wrongful death statute of limitations is generally 2 or 3 years. Sad.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 5:39:06 AM PDT by jimfree (In November 2016 my 13 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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To: VRWCarea51

I doubt he has any of it. It’s been 12 years. The lawyer got at least 40% and if he has kids, there is child support.


12 posted on 03/11/2014 5:41:30 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: ilovesarah2012

I am sure it will be appealed


13 posted on 03/11/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Meanwhile, back at the Ranch. . . . . ZERO still as stupid and incompetent as ever! ! !)
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To: carriage_hill
1993? Why is that subhuman, murderous dirtbag even alive? He should have been executed many years ago.

Jury deadlocked on the death penalty. He got life without parole instead.

14 posted on 03/11/2014 5:44:16 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: ilovesarah2012

The family of his victims should sue him immediately for damages. Another example of the absurdity that is now the judiciary.


15 posted on 03/11/2014 5:46:24 AM PDT by allendale
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To: jimfree

I wouldn’t sue for wrongful death.

I’d sue his asp for Violation of their Civil Rights.

Just like the Black Families of murdered victims did in the south did against the Klan!


16 posted on 03/11/2014 5:53:30 AM PDT by VRWCarea51
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To: carriage_hill

“Why is that subhuman, murderous dirtbag even alive?”

May be he will use the money to get out. And shortly
afterwards, get hit by a car. On the other hand this is
just another way for the tards to spread the wealth. Those
prison guards are going to end up with some of that money.
If this was another state other than Ill-annoy, I’d say
give it to him in cash and let him sit on it in his 6x9
jail cell for the rest of his life and not be allowed to
spend a dime of it.


17 posted on 03/11/2014 5:58:10 AM PDT by Slambat
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To: DoodleDawg

Figures.


18 posted on 03/11/2014 5:59:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Slambat

“Ill-annoy”

LOL! Perfect!


19 posted on 03/11/2014 6:01:10 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

#1 This guy should have met a big tall tree and short stiff rope about 48 hours after his conviction, as soon as a 36 hour repeal was denied.

#2 Every penny of this money, of these foolish juror’s decision...every penny...should go to the families of the victims. Period.


20 posted on 03/11/2014 6:01:36 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: Jeff Head

Were the jurors brain dead or what? What a bunch of misguided fools.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 6:06:34 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

Wouldn’t surprise me if they voted for OBummer, which does explain alot of their brain dead decision.


22 posted on 03/11/2014 6:09:53 AM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: ilovesarah2012

Seriously, doesn’t this sort of remind you of the end of the movie “Se7en”? Say, if the murderer had survived being shot by the detective.

judge: “The jury will not be told that ‘the victim’ had murdered and beheaded the officer’s wife, had brought her head in a box, and was taunting the officer about having murdered her, with the intent of provoking him to a lethal rage. Instead the jury should only know that instead of capturing the *alleged* perpetrator, the officer shot him, giving no justification for this action.”


23 posted on 03/11/2014 6:10:23 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Patriot Babe

Gee, I wonder what the dirtbag did to enrage a guard to punch him in the face? Too bad the guards don’t carry 870s.


24 posted on 03/11/2014 6:28:02 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

So he wins a big settlement. Easy fix. Write him a check and tell him he can cash it when he gets out of prison.


25 posted on 03/11/2014 6:30:12 AM PDT by shelterguy
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To: ilovesarah2012

A functional death penalty would have avoided this unnecessary expense...

Just sayin’


26 posted on 03/11/2014 6:31:36 AM PDT by PubliusMM (RKBA; a matter of fact, not opinion. 01-20-2016; I pray we make it that long.)
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To: V_TWIN

“Chicago..............need I say more?”

Actually, you do need to say more. This guy is alive not because of Chicago, but because a Republican governor put a moratorium on the death penalty in the state of Illinois. This case didn’t have anything to do with Chicago.


27 posted on 03/11/2014 6:33:38 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: ilovesarah2012

Just a grammatical quibble, but past tense of “slay” is “slew,” except in a few specific (usually slang) usages.

— End of Gramma Grammar.


28 posted on 03/11/2014 7:11:36 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: SolidRedState

Because he is in line to become one of Rahm’s goons.


29 posted on 03/11/2014 7:27:32 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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