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    Default Kidnapper Sues Former Hostages, Says They Broke Promise

    A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming that they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police. The couple has asked a judge to dismiss the suit.



    Jesse Dimmick of suburban Denver is serving an 11-year sentence after bursting into Jared and Lindsay Rowley's Topeka-area home in September 2009. He was wanted for questioning in the beating death of a Colorado man and a chase had begun.

    The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Dimmick filed a breach of contract suit in Shawnee County District Court, in response to a suit the Rowleys filed in September seeking $75,000 from him for intruding in their home and causing emotional stress.

    Dimmick contends that he told the couple he was being chased by someone, most likely the police, who wanted to kill him.

    "I, the defendant, asked the Rowleys to hide me because I feared for my life. I offered the Rowleys an unspecified amount of money which they agreed upon, therefore forging a legally binding oral contract," Dimmick said in his hand-written court documents. He wants $235,000, in part to pay for the hospital bills that resulted from him being shot by police when they arrested him.

    Neighbors have said that the couple fed Dimmick snacks and watched movies with him until he fell asleep and they were able to escape their home unharmed.

    Dimmick was convicted in May 2010 of four felonies, including two counts of kidnapping. He was sentenced to 10 years and 11 months on those charges. He was later sent to a jail in Colorado where he is being held on eight charges, including murder, in connection of with the killing of Michael Curtis in September 2009. A preliminary hearing originally scheduled for Dec. 6 has been rescheduled for April 12. No plea has been entered in the case.

    Robert E. Keeshan, an attorney for the Rowleys, filed a motion denying that there was a contract, but said if there was it would not have been binding anyway.

    "In order for parties to form a binding contract, there must be a meeting of the minds on all essential terms, including and most specifically, an agreement on the price," he wrote.

    Keeshan said the contract also would have been invalid because the couple agreed to let Dimmick in the home only because they knew he had a knife and suspected he might have a gun.
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    I think America needs to give judges the right to execute any person (and their attorney) who brings this type of case to a court.

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    You have got to be kidding me. This outlines everything that is wrong with our judicial system. How much taxpayer money will get wasted by this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    [B]Robert E. Keeshan, an attorney for the Rowleys, filed a motion denying that there was a contract, but said if there was it would not have been binding anyway.
    Captain Kangaroo is their attorney?


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    You can't deny him his right to try it.

    But the court shouldn't spend more than a minute throwing this out.

    There are a lot of court cases that seem absurd on its face, but have legal merit when you really dig into it. That said, that isn't this one, LOL. Even if you get past the surface of it, legally binding contracts have to be freely entered into, and can't be done under duress. Pretty sure that undercuts any agreement done at the pointy end of a knife.

    Maybe there should be immediate bar referral for sanctions for any attorney bringing this type of action, but you don't need a lawyer to sue. Anyone can file a lawsuit.

 

 

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