Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Criminal Files Lawsuit against Victims for Breach of “Oral Contract”

What in the world is this country coming to?

If Jesse Dimmick’s lawsuit is any indication, it isn’t going anything good.

As far as I can tell from the convoluted story delivered by ABC News’ Topeka, Kansas chapter, Dimmick was running away from the cops after allegedly beating a man to death. Stumbling upon the home of Jared and Lindsay Rowley, he figured it was the perfect hiding place and went for it.

Dimmick says he explained the situation to them and, agreeing to give them money if they hid him from the police. The Rowley’s say they only let him in because they knew he was armed and were afraid of what he would do if they said no.

One way or the other, Dimmick was eventually captured and the Rowley’s went on to sue him for intruding in their home and causing them emotional stress, which they believed was worth about $75,000.

So the now-convicted criminal followed suit and laid down his own charges:

“I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life. I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract.” For this, he wants $235,000.

In Dimmick’s defense, I’m really not sure which lawsuit is more absurd. Suing a criminal for emotional distress seems rather ridiculous, not to mention extravagantly opportunistic. Shades of Shylock, anybody?

Then again, believing that a fugitive’s oral contract is worth anything – much less $235,000 – legally speaking is equally insane. And both cases display a total lack of substance that’s rather appalling.

If this is really what America has come to – where both victims and criminals think they can milk the legal system for all it is and isn’t worth – then that’s beyond sad.

It’s pathetic.

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