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Dead man charged with attempted murder

posted at 11:35 am on January 7, 2012 by

It is open season on suing dead people. Last week an Illinois woman sued a teen whose severed body part struck her after he was killed by a speeding commuter train. Now from the website of station WDRB, in Louisville (h/t Drudge Report), comes word that “Metro Police are filing charges against a dead man”:

Last month, police say two officers were hurt when Norman Smith opened fire on them near the intersection of 10th Street and Jefferson Street.

Police say Smith later committed suicide and he was found in his car. WDRB News has learned that police have posthumously charged Smith with four counts of attempted murder and four counts of criminal mischief.

The article quotes an eyewitness who insists he saw the suspect fire on police. There is no word on whether that individual, Charles Sanislow, will be called upon to testify in Smith’s trial.

Or whether there will be trial, and if there is, what police hope to gain by it. What the people of Kentucky stand to lose by it is manifold. According the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the state faces a budgetary shortfall of $780 million in fiscal 2012. Ironically, Kentucky’s financial difficulties were so severe in 2009 that the state reportedly forced prosecutors to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave in order to keep the Department of Public Advocacy up and running. The result of the measure was an accumulation of untried cases.

Adding lawsuits against dead men to the dockets seems to be the last thing the state needs.

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I presume the cops are doing this because the injured officers need a criminal charge in order for insurance to kick in.

rbj on January 7, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Well, if they don’t convict the dead guy he will still be an eligible voter.

purpleslog on January 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Well, if they don’t convict the dead guy he will still be an eligible voter.

Excellent point!

Howard Portnoy on January 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Only a $780 shortfall? I’d say they’re doing well.

Ha We on January 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The snark is powerful in this story:
“It is open season on suing dead people.” The story only says that police “are filing charges against a dead man.” Filing charges is not the same thing as filing a law suit. As rbj noted, there are several legal reasons to file charges. Police reports are frequently required by insurance companies. But filing charges does not mean that there is going to be a trial, and especially does not mean a law suit.

“… the state faces a budgetary shortfall of $780 in fiscal 2012.” Good heavens, a whole $780? How will the state survive?

“Adding lawsuits against dead men to the dockets seems to be the last thing the state needs.” Again, where in the story does anyone mention lawsuits?

This is a good example of sloppy blogging, something I wouldn’t expect at Hot Air.

RoadRunner on January 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Only a $780 shortfall?

It was a typo. I omitted the “million,” since added.

Howard Portnoy on January 7, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Well, if they don’t convict the dead guy he will still be an eligible voter.

purpleslog on January 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Even after conviction I’m sure the dems will find a way for him to vote early and vote often.

squint on January 7, 2012 at 2:02 PM

“But Officer, my client is dead.”

“Not to worry, the trial will not be lengthy.”

joelj31 on January 7, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I bet he walks.

hoofhearted on January 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I bet he walks.

:-)

Howard Portnoy on January 7, 2012 at 2:56 PM

I bet he walks.

hoofhearted on January 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Braaaaaaiiiiiiiins.

SagebrushPuppet on January 8, 2012 at 1:45 AM