Citing widespread criticism, the family of Jill Doe has backed off their $100 million lawsuit, for now.
Pinsky, who says he was approached by his clients a week after the shooting, filed the claim, citing trauma the girl suffered, as well as claiming the state should have protected the school from "foreseable harm." He sought to hold the state accountable for the Sandy Hook school shooting that left twenty-six people dead, including twenty children.
While dropping the lawsuit, Pinsky sites "new evidence" and says he may re-file at a later date.
If there are those who want to sue, have at it. But there are things all lawyers and Jill Doe's family should know.
They should be very mindful of what they claim, and what they ask for. $100 million dollars is a big number, and got Pinsky a lot of press. But to claim his client suffered when twenty six people were buried before Christmas lacks sensitivity. That's why there was the backlash Pinsky apparently didn't foresee.
Of course this little girl was traumatized, people all around the world were, but she got to open presents on Christmas morning. There are countless presents under different trees that will stay unopened.
Maybe Pinsky and his clients should file that away.
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