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(NBC News)   California lawyer who was accidentally locked and forgotten in a jail waiting room contemplates suing for either $100,000 or four billable hours   (usnews.nbcnews.com) divider line 38
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2013-02-26 09:05:39 AM
Hey,O!
assets.nydailynews.com
 
2013-02-26 09:45:22 AM
Oh, so the city will be buying this guy a nice boat soon.  How nice of them.
 
2013-02-26 09:47:47 AM
A few hours? Man up, Nancy. At least you didn't have to drink your own pee.
 
2013-02-26 09:47:47 AM
Actually, it doesn't seem like a lot. I would expect him to sue for millions for his discomfort. (Don't think he deserves anything. Shat happens. He got out, no harm done)
 
2013-02-26 09:48:26 AM
I hope he wins. They knew for months that the intercom wasn't working. If that isn't wilful negligence, then I don't know...

This ,as well as the last article didn't mention if it was a for profit prison or not.
 
2013-02-26 09:48:51 AM

Active introvert: Actually, it doesn't seem like a lot. I would expect him to sue for millions for his discomfort. (Don't think he deserves anything. Shat happens. He got out, no harm done)


You telling me you would not be pissed if they left you in there for 4 hours?  Me thinks not
 
2013-02-26 09:52:59 AM
REPEAT
 
2013-02-26 09:53:53 AM
Tell someone you will leave them in a room for four hours, and they will endure it easily.

Lock the door on someone and don't tell them when you're coming back, and the four hours will feel very different.
 
2013-02-26 09:57:33 AM
Shakespeare was right.
 
2013-02-26 10:00:03 AM

Active introvert: Actually, it doesn't seem like a lot. I would expect him to sue for millions for his discomfort. (Don't think he deserves anything. Shat happens. He got out, no harm done)


Horsecrap. Forgetting him is gross incompetence. And the non-functioning intercom is totally unacceptable maintenance standards.

When you're locking people in a room they have no conceivable way of getting out of, procedures should be in place to ensure that bullshiat like this doesn't happen... check-in and check-out logs, hourly status checks on visitors AND visiting rooms, and some means reliable means of communication with the guards should be in place. If the intercom isn't working, then the room should be considered out of commission until it's repaired.
 
2013-02-26 10:02:46 AM
In a room.

For four hours.

Without a cellphone.

It's an ordeal!
 
2013-02-26 10:06:53 AM
What are the three questions most commonly asked by lawyers?
1. How much money do you have?
2. Where can you get more?
3. Do you have anything you can sell?
 
2013-02-26 10:09:47 AM

lucksi: I hope he wins. They knew for months that the intercom wasn't working. If that isn't wilful negligence, then I don't know...

This ,as well as the last article didn't mention if it was a for profit prison or not.


Why should he be paid because of that?

Oh, USA... Right.

---

"[What] if I was unhealthy ... had a heart attack? What if I had diabetes and had a sugar issue?"

Did you have an heart attack? Do you suffer from Diabetes?

"What if there were a bear in with me!?"


Also the article claims he took his clothes off and went to sleep after 2 hours, which is either very stupid, or just a lie.
 
2013-02-26 10:11:03 AM
As someone taking the bar exam in 45 minutes, this is relevant to my pocketbook.
 
2013-02-26 10:18:38 AM
Jail is where all scumsuckingmaggotlawyers belong
 
2013-02-26 10:33:43 AM
Lol, all lawyers are bad. Extremely well thought out argument. You know why there are so many lawyers? You pay us to fix the stupid you have visited upon yourself.

That being said this guy needs to man up. All attorneys that practice criminal law go visit the jail from time to time and its not in anyway uncommon to be left in a holding area for a prolonged period of time. Maybe not 4 hours, but it not unheard of to wait 30 minutes while they find your client.
 
2013-02-26 10:43:02 AM

Gyrfalcon: As someone taking the bar exam in 45 minutes, this is relevant to my pocketbook.


Good luck
 
2013-02-26 10:57:14 AM

Gyrfalcon: As someone taking the bar exam in 45 minutes, this is relevant to my pocketbook.


Is that before or after you go to the gym?
 
2013-02-26 11:11:14 AM
People held up, get abused, mistreated and even killed rarely get justice, lawyer held up and time wasted will likely get ridiculous cash amount

/some rich people make me sick
//but thanks subby for making me chuckle
///more billable hours, billable hours
 
2013-02-26 11:22:21 AM
This should be a Follow-Up. FAIL for the subby/mod not recognizing this story.

And of course he's going to sue. He's a lawyer, after all.
 
2013-02-26 11:26:56 AM

angry bunny: You know why there are so many lawyers? You pay us to fix the stupid you have visited upon yourself.


More like we pay you because you corrupt farkers lobbied the system with other companies to get an excessive amount of laws put on the books so you'd have work.

Lawyers can't thrive off of a peaceful economy, so you and your ilk fark it up for the rest of us by trying to make everything a crime.
 
2013-02-26 11:47:55 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: In a room.

For four hours.

Without a cellphone.

It's an ordeal!


Have you ever been locked in a room when you didn't even know if anyone knew you were in there?
 
2013-02-26 11:57:51 AM

lucksi: I hope he wins. They knew for months that the intercom wasn't working. If that isn't wilful negligence, then I don't know...

This ,as well as the last article didn't mention if it was a for profit prison or not.


It was a jail, not a prison, but I agree that it was willful negligence on the part of the jail regarding the intercom. They knew it was broken.
 
2013-02-26 12:07:47 PM
So if he wins he will get $70K after he gives himself $30K.
 
2013-02-26 12:23:56 PM

khyberkitsune: angry bunny: You know why there are so many lawyers? You pay us to fix the stupid you have visited upon yourself.

More like we pay you because you corrupt farkers lobbied the system with other companies to get an excessive amount of laws put on the books so you'd have work.

Lawyers can't thrive off of a peaceful economy, so you and your ilk fark it up for the rest of us by trying to make everything a crime.


Yes you've seen through our evil plot. Myself and a cabal of other lawyers and of course the corporations get together on a weekly basis to make something else illegal. We smoke cigars and there's a potluck. I brought evil swedish meatballs.
 
2013-02-26 12:36:45 PM

angry bunny: That being said this guy needs to man up. All attorneys that practice criminal law go visit the jail from time to time and its not in anyway uncommon to be left in a holding area for a prolonged period of time. Maybe not 4 hours, but it not unheard of to wait 30 minutes while they find your client.


It says right in the article that he waited the expected 30 minutes, THEN tried to contact the jail guards, and upon finding out that the intercom was broken, that's when he started panicking.

Given that he was familiar with Daniel Chong's 5 DAYS, I could see somebody getting a bit panicked.
 
2013-02-26 12:51:04 PM
Repeat.

And fark anyone acting all macho or casual about it.  You're crazy if that wouldn't freak you out.
 
2013-02-26 01:44:46 PM
He finally accepts the strong possibility that he'll be sleeping on the cold concrete floor.  "I have a sweater and a jacket, and I take off my sweater and I try to use it as a pillow," he said.

Wow, two whole hours and he's ready for a nap?
 
2013-02-26 01:47:53 PM

TeDDD: Repeat.

And fark anyone acting all macho or casual about it.  You're crazy if that wouldn't freak you out.


Freaked out? Probably not. Pissed off? Very much so. Sue? Nope.
 
2013-02-26 02:23:36 PM

ReapTheChaos: He finally accepts the strong possibility that he'll be sleeping on the cold concrete floor.  "I have a sweater and a jacket, and I take off my sweater and I try to use it as a pillow," he said.

Wow, two whole hours and he's ready for a nap?


When stuck in a closed room without distractions, I could seem myself trying to catch some shuteye simply to try to use less resources - If I'm sleeping I'm not burning as much energy, losing as much water, etc...  Not to mention trying to get my mind off of my inescapable situation.  Those doors are so heavy and thick that pounding, banging, and yelling are more likely to just burn energy and gather a sore throat than actually get a guard to come open it.
 
2013-02-26 02:27:45 PM
How is this a follow-up? There's no new information.
 
2013-02-26 03:12:02 PM
When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Similarly for lawyers and lawsuits.
 
2013-02-26 04:05:22 PM

belhade: This should be a Follow-Up. FAIL for the subby/mod not recognizing this story.

And of course he's going to sue. He's a lawyer, after all.



Perhaps you should be a mod, if obsessively cataloguing Fark submissions is your passion in life.
 
2013-02-26 04:12:58 PM

Ostman: belhade: This should be a Follow-Up. FAIL for the subby/mod not recognizing this story.

And of course he's going to sue. He's a lawyer, after all.

Perhaps you should be a mod, if obsessively cataloguing Fark submissions is your passion in life.


Sounds good. Sign me up!
 
2013-02-26 05:42:59 PM
In California, the tort of "False Imprisonment" is simply the unlawful restraint of a person's liberty. It's tested on the bar quite frequently and in just this type of situation. Not being told he was going to be locked up, actually locked in the room, for an unreasonable period of time, without the ability to leave. Heck yeah he's suing! All he has to prove is the intent to lock him in there and he's gold!
 
2013-02-26 06:48:15 PM

catzilla: So if he wins he will get $70K after he gives himself $30K.


No-- He will also sue for attorney's fees.

OTOH.. If he is a court appointed attorney in which the city is paying his bill, then the city will get off very easily.  They'll just pay him an extra 4 hours.
 
2013-02-26 08:47:11 PM
It's not a follow-up, it almost the same article as the original one.
 
2013-02-26 10:58:35 PM

Ostman: belhade: This should be a Follow-Up. FAIL for the subby/mod not recognizing this story.

And of course he's going to sue. He's a lawyer, after all.


Perhaps you should be a mod, if obsessively cataloguing Fark submissions is your passion in life.


Mods don't read fark, hence the constant reposts.
 
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