Failed Claims Bills Revived in Florida Legislature

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- December 18, 2011

The Florida Legislature is poised to reconsider bills that would compensate two men whose lives were turned upside down by governmental mistakes.

Both bills died in the frantic final hours of the last legislative session. One would benefit Eric Brody, who was paralyzed after a speeding Broward County sheriff's deputy crashed into his car.

The other is for William Dillon, who spent 27 years in prison for a Brevard County murder he didn't commit.

They are among several high-profile claims bills that will consider during the 2012 Legislative beginning Jan. 10.

Bills also have been filed for the parents of a Florida State University football player who died after a workout and a Tallahassee police informant who was killed during a botched drug sting.


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  • by Vic on Dec 19, 2011 at 04:53 AM
    The only governmental gross negligence/criminal behavior was from the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the victim should be compensated for his injuries.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:31 PM in reply to Vic
      Where should this compensation come from? If it was a Broward County mistake, maybe it should come from Broward County and not the State.
  • by chris Location: tally on Dec 18, 2011 at 07:42 PM
    Nothing to consider. Let Broward County take care of their problem, the same for Brevard. As far as that little tramp drug pusher in Tallahassee no payment should be made from state coffers. It is sad that she died but choosing a life of drug dealing has dangerous consequences. As for the football player another sad case but hey he choose football no gun was held to his head. Everyone wants to get rich quick. Well I don't want one penny of tax dollars going to any of these people.
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      by wouldn't worry on Dec 19, 2011 at 02:40 AM in reply to chris
      If it makes you feel better, I find it probable that your meager weekly pay will not contribute to benefit the victims of the State's gross misconduct.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:30 PM in reply to chris
      It's not your decision. It will be up to the legislature - you should be calling your state Representative and Senator.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    I do NOT agree with the last one. Rachel Hoffman died because of her OWN actions. I do NOT want my tax dollars spent on paying for her mistakes.
  • by NOW on Dec 18, 2011 at 04:44 PM
    The Legislature, on behalf of the state, should right these wrongs without delays. Its disturbing to know this has not taken care of. What kind of leaders do we have?
  • by Dr. GaGa on Dec 18, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    You want a government mistake for which everyone should get a check? Consider Governor Goon who bought the office and has yet to do anything other than look stupider than hoodrat steve. If that can be imagined.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 01:28 PM in reply to Dr. GaGa
      How did he "buy" the office.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2011 at 06:36 PM in reply to Dr. GaGa
      I can't imagine anything being stupider that your comment.
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      by NE Republican on Dec 20, 2011 at 03:53 AM in reply to Dr. GaGa
      Sore looser. He's created jobs, cut wasteful programs and decreased the size of government. He's doing just what we hired him to do and you left wing, bleeding heart welfare recipients can't stand it. Better start looking for a job because the gravy train is coming to a halt. Get to work.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2011 at 01:27 PM
    Proven debts of the state like these must be paid first, just like your power bill at home. This report seems to point out how inept the Legislature is by not paying debts before cutting programs and giving tax cuts. We need all new people in our state government - these are just continuing the status quo that has existed for the past 15 years.
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