Does public-records plaintiff seek access, or cash? | The Columbus Dispatch

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A citizen activist says he was wronged by the failure of a small Ohio city to give him 20 years of 911 tapes he sought, which were long ago recorded over.
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workingdadof7

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Money hungry jerk. Ever wonder why everything costs to much? Greed.
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Got flustered on the stand? Was a novice?

Bull, the roach was caught in the light with no where to scurry to.

As for the insurance thing, insurance rates go up when big payouts get made....who pays the increase, yep the taxpayers.

If this guy was not in it for the money, he would never have made a retention policy request.
Dorian

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If he could prove with official documentation that he had an actual need for these tapes that might support that he personally was wronged within those tapes, then he might have a case. But other than that I think he should be charged all the expenses that it takes to fight this case. Then maybe he and other would think twice about a get rich quick skeem.
Spooey

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Just another thunk-as- attorney sucking blood out of dead records. 99% of all problems in America can be traced back to a person with a law degree whether they are practicing or in government. The only difference between a crook and an attorney is which sid eof the jail bars they stand on.
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cols_resident wrote:
Got flustered on the stand? Was a novice?
Bull, the roach was caught in the light with no where to scurry to.
As for the insurance thing, insurance rates go up when big payouts get made....who pays the increase, yep the taxpayers.
If this guy was not in it for the money, he would never have made a retention policy request.
I agree and would only add/clarify that the insurance rates of other municipalities (not just those paying awards and settlements) would increase too based upon the knowledge that they would be subject to such awards and settlements regardless of any specific harm to an "allegedly" injured plaintiff. I'm just glad the jury saw through his explanation regarding his motivations.
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but I'm on my way to my lawyer to file a lawsuit that I want to hear every 911 tape from the time 911 started until today.
Trump2012

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PLEASE, someone pull this a*sshats license to practice law!!! It's moron's like this that have screwed up the legal process and this country for that matter. I would hope that "regular" attorneys would want this parasite gone from their profession, but I'm sure they'll make him the new head of the Trial Lawyers Association or something.
Dan

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we'd solve this and most friv lawsuites if we would just make all punitive damages "fines" that go to the government...
lawyers wouldn't get a cut and the people filing would really have to do it because of the issue not the money
freeloader

Canal Winchester, OH

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Neither Timothy Rhodes or the City of New Philadelphia can predict the future. That is well evidenced by the fact that neither one is rich.
New Philly would be much poorer if they wasted money by hanging on to tapes for years and years with no indication that they might just possibly be useful for something other that dust collection.
New Philly did the reasonable and prudent thing: they cleared out the closet and put the contents to some current usefulness.
It sounds as if Tim Rhodes is trying out for a spot on Hoarding: Buried Alive.
At least New Philadelphia isn't among the lunatic fringe.
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so tired of frivolous bull shit ! this is such a waste of time and resources...he should be billed not paid!We dont need more AMERICANS screwing us !
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If attornies and judges still don't have a clue as to why the judicial system is held in such low regard they need search no further.

Yet another rape of the taxpayer
John L

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No cost to the taxpayer? Who do you think pays for the city's insurance? It will likely skyrocket if the City loses. Rhodes and others doing the same are scammers. And lousy citizens.
The Observer

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If the Republican Ohio Supreme Court lets this cheesy little shit get away with this, then they should all be impeached.
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New Philly should counter-sue him for wasting they and taxpayers money for such an idiotic case. Sue him into bankruptcy and his lawyer should be disbarred.
Markmun12000

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Spooey wrote:
Just another thunk-as- attorney sucking blood out of dead records. 99% of all problems in America can be traced back to a person with a law degree whether they are practicing or in government. The only difference between a crook and an attorney is which sid eof the jail bars they stand on.
I think that it is funny that everybody hates lawyers until they need one to save their arse.
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If you have actual damages, you are required to prove them.

Otherwise, what's to stop 100,000 other people from requesting the same records and suing and collecting?

There are also records retention laws... 20 years seems a little long to me... but even if they WERE violated, it would be a penalty of law, not a penalty to a private party.

I hope the supreme court sends this guy packing.
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If he could prove with official documentation that he had an actual need for these tapes that might support that he personally was wronged within those tapes, then he might have a case.

Nope. The right to know public information is absolute. If he was damaged, he only has to prove how.

[QUOTE]But other than that I think he should be charged all the expenses that it takes to fight this case. Then maybe he and other would think twice about a get rich quick skeem.
Agreed.
Ben Dover

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This piece of junk is after taxpayers cash. That's it.
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Lawsuit lotto - quick way to (someone else's) money.

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