From last month, courtesy of the Times Union:
A mentally disturbed suburban New York woman who drowned her three young children in a bathtub in 2008 wants a cut of $350,000 in wrongful death settlements obtained by the children’s fathers, attorneys said…
Is it just me, or does this smack of the old joke about chutzpah, where the kid kills his mother and father, and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he’s an orphan?
Tragically, this isn’t a joke:
Brewer admitted she drowned her three young children — ages 6, 5 and 18 months — in the bathtub of her New Cassel apartment in February 2008. She later placed the children’s bodies on a bed, and then attempted suicide by swallowing a concoction of household cleaning chemicals.
When that attempt failed, she jumped out her second-story window, but survived.
This is simply horrific.
Yes, she’s nuts, but Brewer’s not going to jail for murdering her children. Isn’t that more than enough? How in heck can she even potentially be permitted to benefit from the atrocity which she caused? What sort of upside-down judicial system allows it to even get this far?
The lawyer for the father of two of the boys summed it up well:
“The only reason that there is money in this estate is because of her actions,” said attorney Thomas Foley, who represents Innocent Demesyeux, the father of the two boys.
“She killed the kids, and now there’s money.”
This case, as with thousands of others, screams for some sanity to limit the abuse of lawsuits in our courts. As companies are repeatedly sued out of existence even as the lawsuits themselves waste taxpayer dollars, it’s an issue which needs to be addressed (and fixed) immediately.
For a more in-depth look at exactly how lawsuit abuse is hurting our country, please take a peek at this John Stossel special from late 2012. It’s long, but as with all Stossel specials, it asks questions that no one else in media seems to bother asking.
Viewing any 10-minute segment will give you the gist of what he’s saying. But if you can spare the time, I recommend watching it all.