Absurd Law… judge orders victim to pay convicted criminal

22 09 2008
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Sometimes the law should be amended by Congress to fix a big problem. Here is a case where  Congress should take notice and act. A guy paid 80 grand to a builder and the builder ripped him off. After a criminal trial the builder paid back some of the money and was making payments on the rest. He declared bankruptcy and the bankruptcy judge ruled the victim had to pay back the perpetrator. IMHO this judge should have reviewed the case history a little more thoroughly as he landed up punishing the victim. Adding insult to injury as it were.

Lets hold judges accountable for doing the right thing. Let’s amend to law to prevent a case like this where the judge victimized a good person and his family.

Another point is that in this day of electronic information, judges should not be allowed to rule in favor of a party JUST becasue the opposition cannot pay thousands in airfare to be in person at the court. They should be allowed to phone in or conference in from their attorneys office.

Here is an example. I’m on vacation in Florida and a drunk hits my car. I retain one of the top West Palm Beach accident attorneys, Scott Smith to represent me. I am present for the criminal trial for example and we win the case. Then later the guy who hit me when he was intoxicated files for bankruptcy and a bankruptsy judge orders me to pay the perpetrator back the money I previously was awarded in criminal court.  Wow !!!

Bankruptcy judge orders victim to pay back thief

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press Writer Mon Sep 22, 4:01 AM ET

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Mark Poveromo feels ripped off twice over. A judge ordered him to repay money he collected from a builder convicted of stealing from him — and told him to kick in the thief’s attorney fees and court costs, too.

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23 09 2008
bobby

i cant believe this – this HAS to be appealed. was this judge asleep?! this could even be fraud – declaring bankruptcy to avoid legal responsibilities ?

24 09 2008
Harvey D. Friedman

Right Bob, you nailed it. Sounds like this is a case I would like to see in an ethics class. You could talk about this for hours.

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