Lynn DeJac wants New York State to pa...

Lynn DeJac wants New York State to pay up

There are 293 comments on the WIVB Buffalo story from Jun 1, 2008, titled Lynn DeJac wants New York State to pay up. In it, WIVB Buffalo reports that:

DeJac has filed a civil suit against the state, seeking $14 million in damages. But both she and her attorney say this isn't about the money, it's about punishing a state that was in a rush to convict her, and ...

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Anonymous

Louisville, KY

#1 Jun 8, 2008
“It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer.”
-William Blackstone

I just watched the Dateline special on the Dejac case and though I sympathize for her I think that a civil case is frivolous and unwarranted. Her economic damages seem very high for a bar tender in South Buffalo. She is suing for $67,000 per year (not taking into account interest and inflation). Furthermore,$13.6 million for wrongful imprisonment??? The jury convicted her of a crime. This is how the justice system works. The evidence that the Buffalo Police had at the time and the evidence that was presented to the jury pointed to her. It is sad that we have otherwise discivered her innocence but making her a rich woman off of this is absurd.

I think that she is now trying to make a buck off of this tragedy and should just move on with her life. I think if she wanted to make some money off of the situtation she should spend her time in a wrongful death suit against her daughter's real murderer (oh wait...New York has the deep pockets, not the murderer).

Furthermore, the piece I watched tonight on natioanl news made Frank Clark look like a very bad man. The city of Buffalo should be applauded for the serivce he has given us over the years in fighting crimes and advocating victims rights and we should honor the good work he has done. One spoiled case should not reflect on the thousands that he has worked on.
bubba

Batavia, NY

#2 Jun 9, 2008
While her daughter was being killed, she was out getting drunk and then spent the night at her boyfriend's. Maybe she didn't kill her daughter, but she sure as heck wasn't home protecting her. As far as I'm concerned, she deserved every day she spent in prison. I too watched the Dateline episode last night and it just reinforced my opinion of that woman. She's an IDIOT and she doesn't deserve a cent. I have no sympathy for that worthless piece of crap.
HeronHoren

Buffalo, NY

#3 Jun 9, 2008
Frank Clark = Joke
Byron Brown

Rochester, NY

#4 Jun 9, 2008
Anonymous wrote:
...Furthermore, the piece I watched tonight on natioanl news made Frank Clark look like a very bad man. The city of Buffalo should be applauded for the serivce he has given us over the years in fighting crimes and advocating victims rights and we should honor the good work he has done. One spoiled case should not reflect on the thousands that he has worked on.
I can just imagine the pension this guy is getting from the County when he retires.... Don't worry, we'll be "honoring" him for a long, long time!!!!
Possum

Tonawanda, NY

#5 Jun 9, 2008
Lynn DeJack can kiss my butt. You were out party hardy and not home with your daughter.
Morgan W

Lancaster, NY

#6 Jun 10, 2008
1. How much would 11 years of your life spent in prison be worth? Frivolous? Only because it did not happen to you.

2.If we jailed everyone that went out for a few drinks there would be no room for the violent offenders.....get real. Plenty of wonderful competent parents leave a teen/tween at home and go out, even in the nicest families. Her daughter was not 5 years old.

3. Take the time to learn more about the case. I think it will make you sympathetic instead of judgemental.
Molly

Ogdensburg, NY

#7 Jun 10, 2008
Morgan W wrote:
1. How much would 11 years of your life spent in prison be worth? Frivolous? Only because it did not happen to you.
2.If we jailed everyone that went out for a few drinks there would be no room for the violent offenders.....get real. Plenty of wonderful competent parents leave a teen/tween at home and go out, even in the nicest families. Her daughter was not 5 years old.
3. Take the time to learn more about the case. I think it will make you sympathetic instead of judgemental.
Sleep with dogs on the street and you are going to bring home fleas!
Mary Ann

Endicott, NY

#8 Jun 10, 2008
bubba wrote:
While her daughter was being killed, she was out getting drunk and then spent the night at her boyfriend's. Maybe she didn't kill her daughter, but she sure as heck wasn't home protecting her. As far as I'm concerned, she deserved every day she spent in prison. I too watched the Dateline episode last night and it just reinforced my opinion of that woman. She's an IDIOT and she doesn't deserve a cent. I have no sympathy for that worthless piece of crap.
You are a sad, heartless person. People make mistakes, she was far from a perfect mother but she still suffers everyday with the very idea of WHAT IF...
Get over your self-rightous self and I hope the glass house you probably live in keeps you warm at night.
bubba

Batavia, NY

#9 Jun 11, 2008
Morgan W wrote:
1. How much would 11 years of your life spent in prison be worth? Frivolous? Only because it did not happen to you.
2.If we jailed everyone that went out for a few drinks there would be no room for the violent offenders.....get real. Plenty of wonderful competent parents leave a teen/tween at home and go out, even in the nicest families. Her daughter was not 5 years old.
3. Take the time to learn more about the case. I think it will make you sympathetic instead of judgemental.
Let me guess - you too hang out at bars while your children are at home fending for themselves. No, the daughter was not 5 years old, but she was still a child. And her mother knew that maniac was on a rampage. You cannot justify that "mother's" behavior so don't even try. Once you have children, you need to take responsibility for them. She did not do that. You are probably one of the idiot's drinking buddies - go have another drink.
bubba

Batavia, NY

#10 Jun 11, 2008
Mary Ann wrote:
<quoted text>
You are a sad, heartless person. People make mistakes, she was far from a perfect mother but she still suffers everyday with the very idea of WHAT IF...
Get over your self-rightous self and I hope the glass house you probably live in keeps you warm at night.
Good, I hope she does suffer everyday for what happened - for what she could have prevented and if that makes me a "sad, heartless person" so be it. Just think how her daughter suffered.
all you gods

Buffalo, NY

#11 Jun 11, 2008
How much time do you get for being a scumbag parent in NY STATE, esp when you left a teenager home alone..for any reason...and that question also includes all of you who do not pay support or visit your children! Back then I had a 13 yr old and left him home alone...I guess I was lucky he was not killed, and I was at a couple of stores..but if a murder happenened, what different would it have made? DeJac did not deserve 17 "wrongful" yrs in prison for being a crappy parent and all of you know that! So all of you who have not been there for your children, step forward for your 17 years! I don't condone anything she did back then, but she does deserve some compensation for that incorrect conviction.
Remember the judicial system (by the very nature of the professionals that are utilized to operate it) is setup to be the fairest, to those that are the most sophisicated and articulate!
Morgan W

Buffalo, NY

#12 Jun 11, 2008
For the record, "Bubba," I dont drink, nor do I go to bars.(Would it matter if I did?! Would I deserve jail time too then, or at least public ridicule?!....public stoning perhaps....) I spend the bulk of any"spare time" that I have when I am not working reading books and helping those less fortunate (children and adults), most of whom, unlike you, are not perfect.

What is the "appropriate" age in Bubba's world at which a teenager no longer needs a babysitter when their parent attends a wedding? Take a straw poll of what you consider to be the best parents around you and I am sure you would get many different answers. I dont think that it is my place to decide the "right" answer for other families. Since you do, I would love to hear your theories and guidelines. Perhaps some parents can learn from your ideas of what is right and wrong for us.

I tend to give others the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. In social situations and in all aspects of my life I do my best to help others when I can. I hope that you will look in the mirror and ask yourself whether the time you spend condemning others (especially when you dont know the details...and unless you were there that night...YOU DONT) is at least equal to the time you spend helping others or coming to the defense of others who need it regardless of whether or not they are perfect. I am sure there are other more productive ways that you could spend your time helping yourself or your fellow man than spouting off on a blog condemning Ms Dejac and me.

The most telling part in all of this is that you also made assumptions about me after reading a short paragraph in a blog. You were prepared to write me off a barfly after reading a few sentences on a blog because I did not echo your message of anger and hate.

I just have to hope that your life goes in the direction of tolerance, forgiveness, and less time devoted to judging those around you.
bubba

Batavia, NY

#13 Jun 12, 2008
Morgan W wrote:
For the record, "Bubba," I dont drink, nor do I go to bars.(Would it matter if I did?! Would I deserve jail time too then, or at least public ridicule?!....public stoning perhaps....) I spend the bulk of any"spare time" that I have when I am not working reading books and helping those less fortunate (children and adults), most of whom, unlike you, are not perfect.
What is the "appropriate" age in Bubba's world at which a teenager no longer needs a babysitter when their parent attends a wedding? Take a straw poll of what you consider to be the best parents around you and I am sure you would get many different answers. I dont think that it is my place to decide the "right" answer for other families. Since you do, I would love to hear your theories and guidelines. Perhaps some parents can learn from your ideas of what is right and wrong for us.
I tend to give others the benefit of the doubt whenever possible. In social situations and in all aspects of my life I do my best to help others when I can. I hope that you will look in the mirror and ask yourself whether the time you spend condemning others (especially when you dont know the details...and unless you were there that night...YOU DONT) is at least equal to the time you spend helping others or coming to the defense of others who need it regardless of whether or not they are perfect. I am sure there are other more productive ways that you could spend your time helping yourself or your fellow man than spouting off on a blog condemning Ms Dejac and me.
The most telling part in all of this is that you also made assumptions about me after reading a short paragraph in a blog. You were prepared to write me off a barfly after reading a few sentences on a blog because I did not echo your message of anger and hate.
I just have to hope that your life goes in the direction of tolerance, forgiveness, and less time devoted to judging those around you.
Oops, did I maybe hit a nerve?

“Terminally Silly”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#14 Jun 12, 2008
I hope dejac gets what she deserves for being responsible for her child's death, six feet of dirt in her face out in Potter's Field. She is probably back on the crack pipe right now.
Lynn

Sardinia, NY

#15 Jun 12, 2008
No, I am not.
bubba

Batavia, NY

#16 Jun 12, 2008
arminius wrote:
I hope dejac gets what she deserves for being responsible for her child's death, six feet of dirt in her face out in Potter's Field. She is probably back on the crack pipe right now.
Amen.
king of op

Buffalo, NY

#17 Jun 12, 2008
she should get every penny . ny state jailed her for nothing . who are you to judge someone you never met . how do you know she drinks ? how do you know she's "on the pipe " . good lord , you don't even know the woman . i hope you never have to judge me or anyone else . god , you'll have someone put to death over an insurance lapse . you all are brutal .

“Terminally Silly”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#18 Jun 12, 2008
king of op wrote:
she should get every penny . ny state jailed her for nothing . who are you to judge someone you never met . how do you know she drinks ? how do you know she's "on the pipe " . good lord , you don't even know the woman . i hope you never have to judge me or anyone else . god , you'll have someone put to death over an insurance lapse . you all are brutal .
Wake up POLLYANNA. The dame spent her life as an alky, loser doper. She threw her daughter to the pervert scum she dated. Why don't you send her a check each week if you believe her fairy tale. Just don't ask me to.
king of op

Buffalo, NY

#19 Jun 12, 2008
arminius wrote:
<quoted text> Wake up POLLYANNA. The dame spent her life as an alky, loser doper. She threw her daughter to the pervert scum she dated. Why don't you send her a check each week if you believe her fairy tale. Just don't ask me to.
how do you know ? do you know her ? if you do not then you can not make assumptions . i figure you're getting your info from other bloggers . these bloggers have no clue on who she is . you all are judging a book by it's cover . you have no proof . not all poor people are drunks and druggies . if she was hot you would not make those assumptions .
mysterio

York, ME

#20 Jun 12, 2008
king of op wrote:
she should get every penny . ny state jailed her for nothing . who are you to judge someone you never met . how do you know she drinks ? how do you know she's "on the pipe " . good lord , you don't even know the woman . i hope you never have to judge me or anyone else . god , you'll have someone put to death over an insurance lapse . you all are brutal .
NYS jailed her because a JURY convicted her. Obviously her irrational behavior led them to believe she murdered her daughter. Do you want the jurors to chip in extra becuase they are to blame? She got exactly what she deserved.

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