Friday, November 2, 2007

October 31, 2007

If He Had A Hammer

Some cases are notable merely because there are lawyers out there willing to take them.

In this case, the plaintiff decided that he wanted to kill himself.* So he tried to goad the police into shooting him to death, which is less uncommon than one might think. What makes this case strange, though, is that the police did shoot him, he survived, and then found a lawyer willing to sue the police for violating his constitutional rights by using excessive force to subdue him. Excessive force? Given his goal, isn’t the problem that the force was insufficient?

*There is no doubt that this extremely sad.

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