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August 14, 2008

Parents Sue Philadelphia for Letting Them Kill Their Child

The abdication of individual responsibility, along with the chutzpah and greed that drive our legal system to ever new extremes of absurdity, may have reached a climax in Philadelphia, where parents have filed a suit against the city for letting them kill their child:

After allegedly starving their disabled daughter to death, the parents of Danieal Kelly turned around and sued the city for failing to protect the girl from them.
Andrea and Daniel Kelly, with the help of some greedy attorneys, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, state and outside social service contractors who were charged with supervising Danieal while she was under her mother's care.
The suit was filed a day after the couple was charged in the death of Danieal, 14, who weighed just 42 pounds when her bedsore-ridden and maggot-infested corpse was found in a squalid West Philadelphia rowhouse, where she lived with her mother and siblings.

When it occurred to them that they had pushed the envelope right over the edge, the ambulance chasers behind this stunt readjusted their tactics:

Perhaps realizing their public-relations blunder, the lawyers quickly dropped the parents from the suit and named a trustee. If any damages are recovered, the lawyers now say, the money would go to Danieal's nine siblings, most of whom are in foster care — minus a one-third cut or so to the lawyers, of course.

What jury will say no to a bunch of sobbing orphans? Some Philadelphia shysters will soon be driving new Maybachs, courtesy of taxpayers.

Trial lawyers awaiting a tragedy.

On a tip from Bill V.

Posted by Van Helsing at August 14, 2008 12:54 PM


Hmmm! Wasn't John Edwards a trial lawyer?

Posted by: NewtownMark at August 14, 2008 2:15 PM

You mean "Father of the Year" John Edwards the philandering ambulance chaser?

I think he only sues doctors, hospitals, and drug companies.

Posted by: Jimbo at August 14, 2008 2:33 PM

First, the parents should get the full punishment that the law can mete out.

Second, we need "change" in this country, and the first change should be REALLY SEVERE consequences for lawyers who file frivolous, harassing or unfounded law suits.

When there are legal (and monetary) penalties for this kind of crap, maybe these sharks will think twice.

Shakespear's Henry VI had it right about lawyers!

Posted by: matt at August 14, 2008 4:18 PM

Matt - I agree, however the majority of our lawmakers at the local, state and federal level are the same sharks, and they will not legislate against themselves.

It is very rare. It think LA or MS just past some laws on this issue in the last couple of months (I think there is an article buried in Moonbattery on this), but that is rare.

Posted by: Oiao at August 14, 2008 6:38 PM

It is definitely time to thin the heard.

Posted by: deborah at August 14, 2008 7:23 PM

I mean, herd.

Posted by: Deborah at August 14, 2008 7:24 PM

Reminds me of the North Hollywood shootout in the 90s, when the family of the murderous thug who went on a rampage with an automatic weapon wanted to sue LA because the ambulance didn't get there fast enough. If I was an unarmed ambulance driver, I might've been a little spooked if my patient was a meth'd-up criminal who had just been firing 100 rounds per minute at the police.

Posted by: LT Nixon at August 14, 2008 11:01 PM

Posted by: Smoke TNT at August 15, 2008 1:38 AM

More love for the British and socialized health care - Patients 'should not expect NHS to save their life if it costs too much'

Posted by: Rob Banks at August 15, 2008 3:06 AM

I can see this becoming a new trend. Bank robbers suing banks...

Posted by: Ricardian at August 15, 2008 6:01 AM

Posted by: V the K at August 15, 2008 6:58 AM

Same Song, Different Verse - Family of Murdered Gay Student Sues School for Being Too Tolerant. They say the school's tolerance of his make-up and dress led to his murder.

What do you want to bet if they had enforced the dress code, the family would have sued for emotionally distressing him?

Posted by: V the K at August 15, 2008 8:06 AM

soooooooo, there IS a defense? ohdang, why did i go and let my own live so long?

Posted by: nanc at August 15, 2008 9:01 PM