January 1, 2012 · 12:47 pm
Let’s start the year off with a bit of the absurd…
It’s sure to only get stranger- it’s an election year in the USA!
An 18-year-old man who was hit and killed by a train in 2008 will be the subject of a present-day lawsuit after an appellate judge ruled that a woman injured by his flying body parts may pursue a claim against his estate.
Ruling that the man was negligent, and that the result was “reasonably foreseeable,” the judge granted the woman’s request to allow the suit to proceed.
The initial suit had been blocked by a lower court in Cook County, which said the elderly Gayane Zokhrabov may not sue the now-deceased Hiroyuki Joho because Joho could not have anticipated the potential for third-party injury posed by his actions.
Steve Schmadeke, reporter for The Chicago Tribune, noted that the decision was reversed on Thursday by an appeals court.
The vehicle was reportedly traveling over 70 miles-per-hour when it hit Joho, who was allegedly running across the track to catch another train.
Zokhrabov suffered a broken leg, broken wrist and an injured shoulder after a portion of Joho’s body was flung more than 100 feet, smacking into her on a train platform.
“If you do something as stupid as this guy did, you have to be responsible for what comes from it,” her attorney reportedly said.
It was not immediately clear what sort of “estate” the young man’s family has.
via Dead man to be sued over flying body parts | The Raw Story.
September 21, 2011 · 10:52 pm
I’m sorry, but we should never take the chance we are killing an innocent man…
That is nothing more than state sanctioned murder.
That’s why I do not support the Death Penalty. There is no way to rectify the situation if something goes wrong…
We should be giving life without parole as the sentence in these cases so there is always the chance to fix it if the system goes astray.
Texas has already executed a man who was probably innocent- at least once. And Rick Perry has tried to cover it up….
We have to stop doing this….
If you are poor, Black and in The South, you already have three strikes against you before the system even begins to move…
There is just too much doubt here….
Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of Savannah, Ga., policeman Mark MacPhail, and had his execution stayed four times over the course of his 22 years on death row, but multiple legal appeals during that time failed to prove his innocence.
Public support grew for Davis based on the recanted testimony of seven witnesses from his trial and the possible confession of another suspect, which his defense team claimed cast too much doubt on Davis’ guilt to follow through with an execution.
Several witnesses recanted their testimony that Davis fired the shot that killed MacPhail. His impending execution has brought those efforts to a head.
via Troy Davis Execution Stay Denied by Supreme Court – ABC News.