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#1 Hum

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:39

Five Idaho inmates are blaming alcohol for the crimes that put them in prison and are suing some of the nation’s top liquor and wine companies for $1 billion.

Keith Allen Brown, Steven Thompson, Woodrow Grant, Cory Baugh and Jeremy Brown all claim that alcohol led them to their crimes and they should have been warned of the beverages’ addictive nature.

“If I was not an alcoholic, the shooting would never have happened,” Jeremy Brown said in his affidavit. Brown, 34, is serving a 20- to 30-year sentence for a 2001 shooting that seriously injured a man.

The plaintiffs’ crimes range from manslaughter to grand theft. They are currently serving time at Idaho’s Kuna facility.

Their lawsuit, filed in Boise’s U.S. District Court last month, targets eight defendants, including Anheuser-Busch, Coors, Miller Brewing and the owner of Jim Beam whiskey, American Brands. The inmates claim the companies are responsible for their crimes and should have put warning labels on their products.

“I have spent a great deal of that time in prison because of situations that have arose because of people being drunk, or because of situations in which alcohol played a major role,” Jeremy Brown said in his affidavit. “At no time in my life, prior to me becoming an alcoholic, was I ever informed that alcohol was habit forming and addictive.” :rolleyes:

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#2 spenser.d

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:44

Isn't there already a ton of precedent set against these sorts of arguments? What a bunch of idiots.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:45

It's the American way... screw taking responsibility for your actions and blame someone else.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 14:50

My father always taught me: "Son, don't blame the substance, no matter what it is. Blame the user, as he is responsible for his actions to take the substance, and the actions taken on the substance."

These guys made bad decisions and should live with that.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:00

My father always taught me: "Son, don't blame the substance, no matter what it is. Blame the user, as he is responsible for his actions to take the substance, and the actions taken on the substance."

These guys made bad decisions and should live with that.


All good parents teach this ^

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:17

"I didn't know the bottle was loaded." :laugh:

I wonder who the idiot lawyer was that talked them into this.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:27

"I didn't know the bottle was loaded." :laugh:

I wonder who the idiot lawyer was that talked them into this.

....99% percent of the time there is no lawyer involved..these criminals have some of the best law library's and plenty of time.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:30

If they get away with this wow :laugh:

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:34

You can sue anyone for anything, costs about $150 to file the paperwork, and doesn't mean anything.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:52

They needed Mr Mackey

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:25

how about we just say, America needs to come up with some reasonable and truthful drug information. We need to recategorize what substances are dangerious, addictive, and so on.
While I do not agree with the views of the criminals and also blame the user, America has it totally ****ed up to make alcohol, pills, and cigs legal, while keeping marijuana illegal. There needs to be reform.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:39

I'm going to sue Peroni for my hangover.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:55

There are plenty of us who are able to moderate our alcohol intake enough so that we don't get into trouble. It's not the manufacturers fault that these people are idiots.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 12:00

The thing that sickens me about America is that when these ridiculous cases are kicked out of court, the stupid inmates won't have to cough up the beer/wine companies' legal fees.

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 16:20

^ I'll drink to that.