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  •  There has to be a crime here or why are so many (7+ / 0-)

    lawyered up? Why not just say we wanted to punish the mayor sorry, I have been fired, my bad idea....but NO

    NO ONE will cop to what happened so it must be as bad a reason as we assume

    "The poor can never be made to suffer enough." Jimmy Breslin

    by merrywidow on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:41:22 AM PST

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    •  As I understand the Federal Tort Claims Act, (11+ / 0-)

      public officials can be sued and held personally liable if their actions or inactions cause injury to someone. If they are acting in good faith to promote the duties and obligations of their position and someone is injured colaterally, then the entity that employs them shoulders responsibility for the tort. However, if the unjurious action was intentional, as implied by "time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" and Wildstein confabulating with the police lieutenant, who schemes to make it worse, then the person is personally liable, not just to being dismissed, but to shell out compensation.
      That's why corporations are so keen to settle law suits without anyone admitting fault. People can't be forced to testify against themselves, but an admission, freely given in a civil suit can be held against them.

      Negligence is bad enough, but in the bridge case it was done on purpose. Everybody that got stuck in the traffic has a cause of action.

      by hannah on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:54:39 AM PST

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