Court: Fiance of slain UW student cannot sue over partner's slaying

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A court says the fiance of a slain University of Wisconsin-Madison student cannot recover damages for finding her dead body. Full Story
zingbopper

Cadott, WI

#1 Jul 22, 2010
What a bunch of garbage. Typical.
Law enforcement screws up and the court puts it too bed.
This poor guy must be furious.

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Jul 22, 2010
Good! Now change the law so that the family can't sue either. Make criminals guilty of the crimes they commit, not everyone else. Under his reasoning, he should sue himself too for not staying home to guard the place and for not installing 10 locks on the door.
freedom of choice

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jul 22, 2010
That makes sense. The line has to be drawn somewhere. If the family (especially parents) truly thinks the County and apartment owners were negligent, then they have the opportunity to file suit. The article is missing information regarding the family's stance. Because it's not mentioned, I'm guessing the family doesn't feel strongly that there was negligence by the County or apartment owners.

“Ahhhh hee ahw”

Since: Aug 09

Twin Cities

#4 Jul 22, 2010
Hmmm... I accidentally called 911 the other day (my phone system requires you to dial 9 to get an outside line). 911 called back immediately, and despite telling them it was an accident an officer was dispatched and here within 10 minutes "Just in case"
Correction

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 22, 2010
It is mentioned and your conclusion is only a guess...

"Late last month, a Dane County judge ruled that a separate lawsuit filed by Zimmermann's family against Dane County and 911 dispatcher Rita Gahagan should be put on hold until the criminal investigation is complete."
freedom of choice wrote:
That makes sense. The line has to be drawn somewhere. If the family (especially parents) truly thinks the County and apartment owners were negligent, then they have the opportunity to file suit. The article is missing information regarding the family's stance. Because it's not mentioned, I'm guessing the family doesn't feel strongly that there was negligence by the County or apartment owners.
Morris

Madison, WI

#6 Jul 22, 2010
freedom of choice wrote:
That makes sense. The line has to be drawn somewhere. If the family (especially parents) truly thinks the County and apartment owners were negligent, then they have the opportunity to file suit. The article is missing information regarding the family's stance. Because it's not mentioned, I'm guessing the family doesn't feel strongly that there was negligence by the County or apartment owners.
They are all suing. The 911 operator dropped the ball on the distress call and didn't send help. They have billboards all over Madison still looking for tips to the killer. They have hired a former Minneapolis 911 director to help them get a better handle on 911 responses. The families lawsuit has been put on hold pending suspected charges for the negligence.

MADISON, Wis.(AP)-- The parents and fiance of a slain University of Wisconsin-Madison student are suing Dane County and others, alleging negligence led to her murder last April.

Kevin and Jean Zimmermann, parents of Brittany Zimmermann, and fiance Jordan Gonnering claim County Executive Kathleen Falk was negligent in failing to properly staff and equip the 911 dispatch center.

The lawsuit claims dispatcher Rita Gahagan did not follow proper procedures when she ended a 911 call from the victim, despite sounds of distress.

The lawsuit does not include a monetary demand. But, an earlier claim filed by the Zimmermanns asked for more than $50 million in damages. Gonnering's claim sought $2 million.
JPJ

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jul 22, 2010
Let the family sure if they think there is a case, then they can share with the fiancee if they see fit. The laws make sense.

Since: Apr 10

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jul 22, 2010
I understand that the family is in pain from the loss, but I have to say some people are just creedy 50 Million dollars, that is just crazy.

I hope the case is thrown out for all parties.
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Jul 22, 2010
freedom of choice wrote:
That makes sense. The line has to be drawn somewhere. If the family (especially parents) truly thinks the County and apartment owners were negligent, then they have the opportunity to file suit. The article is missing information regarding the family's stance. Because it's not mentioned, I'm guessing the family doesn't feel strongly that there was negligence by the County or apartment owners.
I think it said that the family's lawsuit against law enforcement has been put on hold pending the criminal investigation. On a larger note; however, I wonder what implications this may have for domestic partners?

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