America may have one of the best legal systems in the world, but it has its many flaws and one of those flaws is allowing victims to be sued by the perpetrator the crimes.
Case in point is Jesse Dimmick of Aurora, Colorado. In September 2009, Dimmick was on the run from police due to murder charges when he took Jared and Lindsay Rowley of Topeka, Kansas hostage. The Rowleys responded as most of us would and tried to say anything that might insure their safety and release. Eventually, they escaped while Dimmick dozed. Subsequently, he was shot in the back by police and taken into custody.
After spending time in the hospital, Dimmick was later tried, convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison for the kidnapping of the Rowleys. He is currently imprisoned in Colorado and awaiting trial for the September 2009 murder of a 25 year old Denver man.
Following their harrowing ordeal of being kidnapped by a murdered, the Rowleys filed a lawsuit against Dimmick, asking for $75,000 to compensate them for his home invasion and the emotional distress they suffered while being held and threatened by Dimmick.
Incredibly, Dimmick has now filed a lawsuit against the Rowleys for breach of an oral contract. Asking for $235,000 in damages for the breach of contract, Dimmick wrote in his suit,
“As a result of the plaintiffs breech [sic] of contract, I, the defendant suffered a gunshot to my back, which almost killed me. The hospital bills alone are in excess of $160,000, which I have no way to pay.”
Additionally, Dimmick has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against the city of Topeka, Kansas to cover his medical costs that he incurred from being shot by Topeka police during his arrest.
I’ve seen this happen all too often over the years such as a case where a thief broke into the attic of a house and broke his leg when he fell through the sheetrock ceiling. He sued the homeowner and was awarded a monetary settlement for his medical expenses. The victims were forced to pay the person who was illegally breaking into their house to rob them.
Victims of crimes should have more rights than the criminals but it seems to be the other way around. I for one believe that victims of a crime should be protected by law from any legal action taken by the perpetrating criminal. Any judge that hears a case like these and does not dismiss them should be removed from the bench for allowing the subversion of the judicial system.