In these difficult economic times, writers everywhere are looking for new income streams. The suggestion below is tailor-made for us, since it requires only a propensity to drink, a little cunning, and a total disregard for public humiliation.
From the "cash-strapped" (but otherwise affluent) community of Chicago-suburban Naperville, IL (where library, cultural and police services have recently been sharply cut back due to budgetary constraints) comes the story, below.
Is it just me, or do others here sense an opportunity to make Redroom the home of the best endowed writers (I mean 'financially,' for cryin' out loud; get your minds outta the gutter, folks!) in America? Volunteers to implement this concept may contact me directly for both financial-planning and medical advice.
--Earl "Bite Me! No, I MEAN It!" Merkel
Naperville settles lawsuit for $21,000
By Mick Swasko
The City of Naperville has settled a federal lawsuit with a Wheaton man who claims officers were racially motivated when a police dog bit him following a 2008 altercation outside a downtown Naperville bar.
Naperville Assistant City Attorney Mark Scarlato said the city settled the lawsuit for $21,000 on Dec. 27 to avoid a lengthy and involved legal process.
“Even though a case is defensible, sometimes you need to make a business decision,” Scarlato said.
In the civil complaint, 27-year-old Nathanael Odom said he was outside a downtown Naperville club and in a “heated conversation” with the club bouncer after Odom claims his wife was accosted. Odom alleges that officers who responded to the situation arrested Odom without lawful justification. Odom alleges that after he was cuffed, officers called on a police dog, which bit Odom — causing bleeding — and caused his shorts to fall to the ground.
The suit also states that officers were unresponsive to Odom’s request to pick up his shorts, and that officers made racial remarks to Odom as he stood in his underwear.
However, Scarlato disputed the account laid out in the complaint, and said Odom was intoxicated and resisted arrest.
“Do we believe the allegations made by Mr. Odom are truthful? Absolutely not,” Scarlato said, adding that officers swore in a deposition that no racial remarks were ever made. He also said officers immediately helped Odom after his shorts were pulled off.
He also said that the dispute came after Odom spit on a club security guard, which resulted in a battery charge. That charge later was dropped when the security guard moved out of state and did not pursue action, but Scarlato said Odom did plead guilty to disorderly conduct.
Scarlato also said a police review of the actions by the officers found the use of force justified.
Odom’s attorney, Aaron Mandel, said he and his client did not have any further comment.
POSTSCRIPT & WARNING!!
In my folo-up, pre-implementation research, I've uncovered a cautionary tale-- this one, with a New York dateline.
Hence --while I hasten to insist that the overall "greenmail" concept appears to remain sound (see below, from the BBC) my little writers' funding program may be a tad more hazardous than I initially thought...
--Earl "M-I-C... K-E- OUCH!" Merkel
Judge rules inmate 'bitten on penis by rodent' may sue
NEW YORK (BBC) -- A New York man who says a rat bit his penis during a jail stay may sue county officials, a judge has ruled.
Peter Solomon, who said he later had to endure a course of rabies jabs, says jailers knew the ward in which they placed him was infested with rodents.
He says the jail was negligent.
Mr Solomon and county officials disputed whether the culprit was a rat or mouse.
Lawyers for Nassau County sought to have the suit dismissed. Among other arguments, its experts said they saw no evidence of serious injury.
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: That last line -- which makes my earlier admonition about "endowment" rather irrelevant-- comes under the heading "adding insult to injury." --EM)