A list of cases where someone filed a lawsuit for the MP’s wrongful death. There was such a case that I updated today where this happened. I’ve got a bunch of cases where MP-related lawsuits were filed; not all were for wrongful death, though, and for some of the cases I’m not sure whether the suit was for wrongful death or not.
Toni Ann Bachman
Leonard Bernard Branzuela
Samantha Nicole Burns
Clarissa Ann Culberson
Molly Laura Dattilo
Neil Alan Eddleman
Eugene Francis Fish
Bonnie Lynn Haim
Joan Ellen Hansen
Julie May Hill
Tammy Lynn Leppert
Janet Gail Levine March
Sheri L. Montague
Timothy Douglas Moreau
Christine Ann Nelson
Michelle Loree Parker
Etan Kalil Patz
Tyler Christopher Payne
Kimberly Ann Riley
Juliana Mae Schubert
Kristin Denise Smart
Betty Fran Smith
Jonnie Renee White
An honorable mention goes to Trenton Duckett. His mother Melinda, a suspect in his disappearance, committed suicide in 2006. Her parents filed a lawsuit against the talk show host Nancy Grace, alleging she’d basically bullied Melinda to death by crucifying her on her show. (Apparently Melinda’s parents forgot that she had history of psychiatric problems, stays in mental hospitals, and suicidal threats and behavior that began years before her son’s disappearance and her appearance on Nancy Grace’s show.) The suit was settled out of court.
The other day I injured my foot, ripping the nail clean off one of my toes. It didn’t really hurt at all at the time — gotta love those endorphins — but that night, in the wee hours of the morning, the pain woke me up. If my toe had had a mouth it would have been screaming.
I limped into the bathroom and took an aspirin, then returned to bed, but my foot hurt too badly for me to just go back to sleep. I went into the kitchen and got a bag of frozen French fries out of the freezer, then sat down on the living room couch and put the bag on top of my foot. And sat there, waiting for my foot to get numb, waiting for the pill to kick in, clenching my teeth to keep from crying out. I was in serious pain, I’m telling you.
Then it occurred to me: I endured pain like that for fifteen months. FIFTEEN MONTHS, walking around all day feeling like that all the bloody time. And now, experiencing that level of misery again, I couldn’t understand how I made it through.
Eventually, of course, the aspirin started working and I put the French fries back and returned to bed. But this incident reminds me yet again how wonderful it is that the Great Headache Crisis is over, and how awesome the Cleveland Clinic is. I love you guys!
Referencing my last blog entry about the Ruben Gallegos “assault” (murder): Jenaro Torres, the man who did it, was a police officer. Which makes his crime all the more heinous in my opinion, for obvious reasons. Cops, being sworn to uphold the law and protect the rest of us, should be better than that.
Whaddaya think about a law imposing harsher sentences on acting police officers who commit crimes? Torres got ten years in prison, plus half that time again for using a gun. What about adding years because he was a cop? Or maybe the death penalty for police officers who commit murder? (Lookin’ at you, Drew Peterson.)
Discuss in the comments section.
As Charley Project viewers know, I’ve got three MWAB lists: convictions, acquittals, and trial pending/I don’t know the outcome. Well, I don’t know where to put Ruben Gallegos now.
Ruben disappeared from Hawaii in 1992, at the age of nineteen. Jenaro Torres (a cop, disgustingly enough) was convicted of his murder in 2007, but the conviction got overturned on appeal in 2009. So he got moved from “convictions” back to my “trial pending” list. Well, Torres just reached a plea agreement with prosecutors: no contest to first-degree assault. Sentence: ten years in prison, plus five for using a gun in commission of the crime. He must serve at least five years. (Needless to say, the community is outraged, or at least the commenters on this article are.)
A no contest plea is pretty much the same as a guilty plea, and normally I return this on the convictions list. But, well, he wasn’t convicted of murder, he was convicted of assault. You could make the argument that it belongs on the acquittals list instead.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever encountered this problem before. If I did, I don’t remember what I decided. Thoughts, anyone?
Or maybe it doesn’t matter to anyone but me?