Sunday, August 1, 2010

Quote Of The Week

"I thought it was a joke. I'm the victim."

Anthony McKoy


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – A Florida inmate is suing the man he's convicted of burglarizing, claiming the man and two others roughed him up during a citizen's arrest.

Michael Dupree is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary and cocaine possession stemming from a 2007 break-in of a van in St. Petersburg. Dupree allegedly stole a bicycle locked inside and was apprehended after the owner, Anthony McKoy, saw him with the bike down the street.

Dupree says McKoy and two others pointed a gun at him, handcuffed him and placed a knee painfully in his back. He's seeking $500,000 for disabilities and distress suffered during the takedown.

Dupree filed the civil lawsuit on his own, without the help of an attorney.

So this man broke into a car, stole a bike, got an ass whipping from the rightful owner of the bike, and is now suing the actual victim.

Any questions?


Mustang said...

Let’s pretend that our friend Michael Dupree is capable of honestly earning $20,108.00 a year; that he would pay taxes on those earnings —as is the custom among most working people. In twelve years, Mike would gross $241,296 and pay about $32,988 in taxes. No —that isn’t what we’re going to do. What we are going to do is lock him up for 12 years and force Floridians to pay $241,296 to keep him in jail because the idiot broke into a van and stole a $300.00 bicycle. The $241,296 doesn’t include any medical treatment Mike might require from his relationship with Big Bubba —who really is big.

In my opinion, this is a terrible waste of money because it doesn’t fix Mike’s social-behavior problem. Instead of locking Mike up at a tremendous cost to taxpayers, what if we adopt a policy of reciprocity that actually makes sense? Let’s provide that a citizen can kick Mike’s ass without fear of prosecution any time Mike (or anyone else) tries to steal some other person’s property. Or, if we worry that Mike will end up kicking Bruce’s ass because Bruce is a fairy, then we can simply haul Mike before a gathering at the town square and give him 50 lashes on his bare back. In this case, Mike will attempt to avoid this sort of punishment in the future; he will become a law-abiding citizen —and the people of Florida will save $20,108.00 each year times the number of people presently incarcerated in Florida state prisons (estimated at 100,000 persons).

We could use the money we save to feed hungry children.

Always On Watch said...

LOL to Mustang's comment!

I can't think of anything better to say.

Always On Watch said...

Anyway, that this suit is even being filed doesn't speak well of our justice system, particularly in light of the paltry amount I collected when a cab driver ran a stop sign, hit me at 35 mph, and ruined my sacroiliac joint forever.

~Leslie said...

Any and every one can bring a lawsuit against anyone else for whatever they want... the object to see here (hopefully) is that the plaintiff is laughed out of the courtroom.

I vote for Mustang's idea...

Chuck said...

Mustang, I suspect the bulk of the sentence is for cocaine possession. The ass whipping was for the break-in. I have always thought that if you go into someone else's house, vehicle, etc with ill intent, you have forfeited any right to safety. Best plan is to keep your damned hands off what doesn't belong to you.

AOW, it can be a mess

Leslie, that is what I am assuming will happen. Problem is you never know with our justice system.

Z said...

"any questions?"
yes...Is this how LOW we've come? That someone could actually think he'd WIN? AND HE MIGHT? (don't let the 9th Circuit get a hold of THIS one :-)

MK said...

Maybe the victims can sue this piece of sh!t, for emotional distress, lack of sleep and trust issues with strangers.

And i like Mustang's idea, especially the bit about the 50 lashes in the town square.

Phill Senters said...

Maybe the court should order Dupree to pay Mr McKoy for any damages to his property and a fine equal to the cost of keeping him in prison for the term which would be otherwise imposed by the court. Said fine of course to be paid in monthly installments, thus requiring him to remain gainfully employed....If (Read when) Mr Dupree defaults on his payments he may then be allowed his choice of countries to be deported to.

Chuck said...

Z, we never know what is going to happen when these cases go to court

MK, and for legal fees for he bogus case.

Phil, agreed

Sam Huntington said...

We just put up a post entitled “crime pays.” There is so much crime, perpetrated by men such as this who are no more than predators. Actually, a bird of prey is a predator; this guy is more like a hyena.

Chuck said...

Sam, there is a segment of our population that exists, I would say more as parasites than predators

cube said...

To quote Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld, "Why are we even having a trial."

Don't give this guy a hearing.
He is guilty. Just throw his butt in jail.