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JUDGE: Florida sex offender allowed to spend $3M lottery winnings

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Posted: February 15, 2015, 2:11 pm - IP Logged

or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner." -  ***That's a slippery slope statement right there Stack. The court system will be backed up for years if that came to pass.

Exactly, this is the kind of slippery slope that corrupt politicians love to create. They propose these kinds of laws targeting people's emotions and then use it to expand on down the road. It will start off at targeting child molesters and then one day you will wake up and find it encompasses everyone. We have statutes of limitations in this country, they should have sued and gotten a judgment during that time period, if it passed then tough luck to them. Regardless, they are not entitled to all of his money either way. 

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    The victims claim that it is not about the money but to get justice. I call b.s. As these guys have had almost 20 years to file suit. They saw money and that is the only reason they are even going after this creep. 

    The molester already served his time and should be allowed to live his life, apparently he has been clean since his conviction so good for him but one more strike and he deserves to be lock away for a very long time.

    The attorneys are most likely taking this case on a contingency basis and money is the only factor.

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      Why would you sue someone with no money? you would't this creep victimized these folks when they were but toddlers. Dam right they should sue . If I were a juror I give them every last dime that wack job won. And if he spent it well then he best be having garage sales. Or put the S.O. B. in the big house.

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        The victims claim that it is not about the money but to get justice. I call b.s. As these guys have had almost 20 years to file suit. They saw money and that is the only reason they are even going after this creep. 

        The molester already served his time and should be allowed to live his life, apparently he has been clean since his conviction so good for him but one more strike and he deserves to be lock away for a very long time.

        The attorneys are most likely taking this case on a contingency basis and money is the only factor.

        That's one of the problems Drenick1

        If he decides to do it again, now he has a lot of money and can afford a real good attorney...

        Frankly, I can't figure out why folks here are eager to take his side...

        Folks like him should be forced to donate a significant sum to a good victims charity or something along those lines...

        -RC

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          Why would you sue someone with no money? you would't this creep victimized these folks when they were but toddlers. Dam right they should sue . If I were a juror I give them every last dime that wack job won. And if he spent it well then he best be having garage sales. Or put the S.O. B. in the big house.

          The article clearly states that the suit is not about the money but rather for justice. If that is indeed their primary motivation than they should have filed suit back in the 1990's to get their so called justice.

          It irritates me when a plaintiff claims a lawsuit isn't about the money when it's obviously the only motive. Justice has already been served other than frying this creep. 

          It is in the best interest of everybody if the predator creep stays clean which he apparently has been since being released from prison. One more strike and let him rot in jail for the rest of his life.

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            You can call it justice, revenge, punishment or for personal satisfaction. When it is all said and done, it is always about the money. I've yet to find somebody that won a lot of money in a lawsuit and decided to give it back because he only wanted justice. Justice equals money, revenge, punishment and personal satisfaction.

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              A convicted sex offender can spend his $3 million Florida lottery winnings any way he wants, over the protestations of two of his alleged victims, a judge ruled Friday.

              Timothy Poole won the Florida Super Millions scratch-off lottery in December, taking home a lump sum of $2.2 million.  (See Florida Lottery winner outed as sexual predator, Lottery Post, Dec. 10, 2014.)

              Two brothers are suing Poole for psychological damages after they say he abused them when they were 5 and 9 years old in 1996.

              The unidentified brothers asked the court to freeze Poole's assets before their lawsuit goes to trial so the Mount Dora native would not spend all of his winnings.

              Orange County Judge Margaret Schrieber denied their request Friday morning because there is no Florida law allowing her to freeze his assets, according to WFTV.

              Lawyers for the plaintiffs are working with lawmakers to change that fact, attorney Mark NeJame said.

              After speaking with NeJame, Florida Sen. Darren Soto plans to propose a bill next week that would freeze the assets of convicted sex offenders who win the lottery — allowing alleged victims a year to sue them for damages.

              Jason Recksiedler, another lawyer for the plaintiffs, told the Orlando Sentinel that the brothers were not surprised by the judge's ruling.

              The alleged victims are less concerned about getting money than about finally getting justice, he said.

              "They're just thinking about trying to hold this sexual predator responsible," Recksiedler said.

              Poole spent 13 months in jail for molesting a 9-year-old boy in 1999. He was later freed and placed on sex offender probation for 10 years after accepting a plea deal.

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              Sen. Soto , can propose any bill he desire next week. It still after the fact. Poole's win was before the bill passed. Don't sound like Justice to me. It sound more like GREED. That suit such have been file within the year of the alleged crime. This man did 13 month in jail plus 10 years probation. Now, almost 16 years later, these people say something. This is plain & simply GREED. It really no surprise that Sen. Soto wants to rush a bill now. What is he going to do post day it? So they can go back and mess with all old winner. Is he sizing up future revenue. I don't believe Poole is the first big winner after a crime. I'll watch this bill closely. I want to see what else is tack to this bill. Power and Greed make strange bedfellows.

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                Posted: February 15, 2015, 5:04 pm - IP Logged

                Disgusting. No wonder Florida is a haven for sex offenders--the laws are on their side!

                I can just imagine how you'd be whining if you won the lottery and the state wouldn't let you spend it because you'd had a fender bender, and your victims wanted to make sure you didn't spend the money while they were suing you.

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                  Exactly, this is the kind of slippery slope that corrupt politicians love to create. They propose these kinds of laws targeting people's emotions and then use it to expand on down the road. It will start off at targeting child molesters and then one day you will wake up and find it encompasses everyone. We have statutes of limitations in this country, they should have sued and gotten a judgment during that time period, if it passed then tough luck to them. Regardless, they are not entitled to all of his money either way. 

                  There is no statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors. They could try to sue him 50 years after the fact if they wished.

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                    Why would you sue someone with no money? you would't this creep victimized these folks when they were but toddlers. Dam right they should sue . If I were a juror I give them every last dime that wack job won. And if he spent it well then he best be having garage sales. Or put the S.O. B. in the big house.

                    I don't know genius, in case maybe they win the lottery like this guy did, inherited money, got a better job, found oil in his backyard, had money secretly hidden somewhere? Why exactly do you think they deserve every dime this guy won, what is the basis for this statement? Should all lawsuits be based on every dime the person has so if they have $20,000 you get that and if they have a billion you get that? That is not rational thinking at all. At the end of the day we have statutes of limitations and if they allowed that to pass then that is their or their parent's fault. He was convicted, they would have had no problems getting a civil judgment and they would have been protected down the road in case something like this happened. At the end of the day, he served his time, bought his ticket with his own money, money that was not illegally obtained and won fair and square, it is his money. Should he give them a sizable amount out of decency and to show regret for what he did, of course, but he is not legally required to as far as I am concerned. Should their parent's have taken him out for what he did to their children, I think so, then he would never have had a chance to win money. If you did that to my children your chances would be pretty slim. I don't respect people that lie and say a lawsuit is not about money, you sued a guy right after he won $3 million, it is not only about the money, it is 100% only about the money, stop lying. 

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                      There is no statute of limitations on sex crimes against minors. They could try to sue him 50 years after the fact if they wished.

                      That may be true but he may have spent or given away the money by then and this is about the money as far as their lawyer is concerned, he's not working for nothing.

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                        Hey I think this is the very best advertising for the lottery...Anyone and I do mean anyone can win.  Everyone who wins isnt going to be poor with 5 kids and just recently unemployed with medical problems....sometimes its going to be someone not so perfect or that we do not like, but that is what keeps the lottery playable. Anyone including degenerates can win

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                          or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner." -  ***That's a slippery slope statement right there Stack. The court system will be backed up for years if that came to pass.

                          These two guys had to prove he molested them, be awarded damages, and then ask a judge to freeze his assets. This bill would freeze assets without a judgement making it possibly unconstitutional. If it passes the door is open for anyone to blackmail lottery winners.

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                            or they could simply propose a bill that freezes the assets of any lottery winner to give anyone a chance to allege anything against the winner." -  ***That's a slippery slope statement right there Stack. The court system will be backed up for years if that came to pass.

                            I think that was his intent, to point out that the law that was proposed is itself the beginning of a "slippery slope".

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                              These two guys had to prove he molested them, be awarded damages, and then ask a judge to freeze his assets. This bill would freeze assets without a judgement making it possibly unconstitutional. If it passes the door is open for anyone to blackmail lottery winners.

                              Posted at the same time, Stack.  I knew what you meant.