Friday, October 10, 2008
Cue The Dr. Evil Voice
Here's a modest little claim.
A gentleman named Jerry Lewis Dedrick, currently doing time in federal prison, believes the U.S. Sentencing Commission discriminates against African-Americans. So from his Beaumont, Texas prison cell he shipped a lawsuit to U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. , and sought damages. Something to, you know, send a message and maybe provide a little cigarette money.
Dedrick asked for $368 trillion.
Trillion. With a T.
On Thursday, somehow avoiding any urge for snark, U.S. District Judge James Robertson dismissed Mr. Dedrick's claim for the second time. https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2008cv1279-6 Good ol' sovereign immunity, saving the country a bundle once more!
Of course, with Mr. Dedrick's prison term running through 2024 (see the Bureau of Prisons' useful inmate locator, http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/LocateInmate.jsp,)the courts may not have heard the last of this.