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Lyons and Lomardo Call for Free Civil Legal Representation for All, Not Just Murderers

by: Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno

Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 15:16:13 PM EST


On the heels of the recent decision granting the Lawyers for convicted Murderer Robert Kosilek $700K, from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, civil suit to allow payment for a sex change operation, Representative's Lombardo (R-Billerica) and Lyons (R-Andover) have called for all residents to be afforded the same benefits.  Representative Lyons said he is hoping to "highlight the absurdity of the state paying for a murderer's civil lawsuits."

Should every innocent, law-abiding, taxpaying citizen of Massachusetts receive legal benefits similar to those being bestowed on a vicious wife killer?" That is precisely the question being raised by Representatives Jim Lyons of Andover and Marc Lombardo of Billerica.

According to news reports, a convicted wife murderer is on track to receive a taxpayer-funded endowment of more than $700,000.00 to pay for his legal fees, as an incarcerated prisoner in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Make no mistake: these generous legal fees do not concern the question of guilt or innocence. Instead, these expenses result from the murderer's desire for a sex change operation, and his insistence that the innocent, law-abiding, taxpaying citizens of Massachusetts pay for such an operation.

Today, this wife killer expects the innocent taxpayers to pay both for his sex change operation and for his legal fees incurred, while he was demanding that those law-abiding citizens pay for such a procedure.

Responding to that line of argument, Representatives Jim Lyons and Marc Lombardo will file legislation guaranteeing each and every innocent, law-abiding, taxpaying citizen of Massachusetts legal fee benefits that are equal to the amount they are obliged to pay on behalf of this vicious criminal who murdered his spouse, Cheryl Kosilek.

"If innocent taxpayers are forced to fund the unlimited expenses of wife murderers - even when those bills are unrelated to a trial ascertaining criminal guilt or innocence - then shouldn't those law-abiding citizens have access to the same benefits," asked Lyons. "It's the height of absurdity to mandate that taxpayers have an obligation to pay the massive bills of vicious murderers, but those same law-abiding citizens have no right to equal legal benefits.

"This is an issue of fundamental fairness," Lyons emphasized. "The hard working citizens who follow the rules and pay their taxes do not qualify for benefits like this. If we provide extravagant benefits like this to a vicious murderer, then why deny them to the law abiding citizenry? It's a simple matter of fairness and justice."

"It seems that every day that passes with this case, a new absurd ruling is made that costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars," added Representative Marc Lombardo. "I'm outraged that any taxpayer dollars are being spent on heinous convicted murderers, never mind that those dollars are being used to pay legal fees for efforts to have a taxpayer funded sex change. The taxpayers continue to get a raw deal with this case. We need some reassignment of priorities in our state government."

Lyons and Lombardo agreed that they will continue to speak on behalf of those who follow the rules, because in this case it is the innocent who are being punished.

Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno :: Lyons and Lomardo Call for Free Civil Legal Representation for All, Not Just Murderers
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It already is the law. (0.00 / 0)
It applies to taxpaying citizens, working class citizens, Massachusetts citizens, law abiding citizens, and even non-law abiding citizens.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

A federal statute, 42 United States Code section 1988, provides that attorneys are entitled to recover compensation for their fees if they successfully represent a plaintiff asserting a violation of his or her constitutional or civil rights. For example, a lawyer who successfully sues on behalf of a victim of racial discrimination or police abuse is entitled to recover attorney's fees from the defendant who acted wrongfully. Any plaintiff who successfully sues to remedy a violation of the Constitution or a federal civil rights statute is entitled to have his or her attorney's fees paid.

42 USC ยง 1988 - Proceedings in vindication of civil rights
http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc...

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"That it ceased to exist, I'll grant you, but whether or not it failed cannot be definitively said." - Metropolitan (1990)


But only in a Federal case. (0.00 / 0)
While it could have, did the sex change decision get that far

Meanwhile - did these rocket thinkers ask themselves what their legislative brethern might do?

'Free civil representation for all?  MORE JOBS FOR ADA's!  A NEW BUREAUCRACY FOR OUR NEPHEWS AND NIECES!  YAAAYY!'

Yr. Obedient Servant, Peter Porcupine, Republican


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Yes. (5.00 / 2)
It was in federal court.  Judge Wolf is a federal judge.
http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/bo...

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"That it ceased to exist, I'll grant you, but whether or not it failed cannot be definitively said." - Metropolitan (1990)


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So if he'd ruled the other way (5.00 / 1)
If the judge ruled for the state, who would have paid the lawyers and court costs? No one? But if he rules against the state, then his court and the lawyers that brought the case all get paid?

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That's how I understand it. (0.00 / 0)
If his lawyers lost they would get nothing.

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"That it ceased to exist, I'll grant you, but whether or not it failed cannot be definitively said." - Metropolitan (1990)


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Would his lawyers pay the court costs and the state's lawyers? (5.00 / 1)


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No. (0.00 / 0)
It only goes one way.

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"That it ceased to exist, I'll grant you, but whether or not it failed cannot be definitively said." - Metropolitan (1990)


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Of Course, It's Wrong (0.00 / 0)
Notwithstanding any smarmy, clever justifications, there is no comparison between suing on behalf of someone who has had the snot kicked out of him by a cop, and petitioning the taxpayers to indulge a monster's sick fantasy.

One should be eligible to be compensated, and one should be derided and kicked to the curb, along with his supporters.


He Murdered His Wife (0.00 / 0)
There SHOULD be some mental anguish!


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