I’m sure the answer will be: ‘However much won’t make my taxes go up.’
Tim Masters squarely blames Fort Collins, Colorado, police and prosecutors for his inability to land gainful employment and for his not having a wife and kids at this stage in his life.
In 1987, Masters became the prime suspect in the slaying of Peggy Hettrick, a 37-year-old found in a field near his house. Among the reasons police said they focused on Masters was that he failed to report the body after he found it and his childhood drawings and stories suggested he was fixated on death.
Masters was convicted of murder in 1999, but a judge last year threw out the conviction and released him from prison, citing new evidence that did not implicate Masters. Masters now has a lawsuit pending against several police officers, ex-prosecutors and the city.
I’ve seen so many wrongfully-convicted people come out of hell prison having been beaten down by the experience succumbed to religion while inside. Maybe they sue, maybe they don’t – but rarely do I see someone come out of that with the anger that such an experience would justify.
Give ’em hell, Tim.
The city of Fort Collins has asked a federal judge to dismiss the case.
How can anyone who prepares the filings for such an argument – much less the mouthpieces who actually argue it – sleep at night?
Below is what should be the mandatory response from the judicial system to any jurisdiction who wrongfully imprisons a person:
You broke his life.
You bought it.
Now, start paying up.
There should be no argument. Just pay up – and continue to pay up.
There should not even be a need to file a suit in the first place – but arrogant snots who have the power to destroy people’s lives believe that they also have the power to never have to answer for their own actions.