Brown's Chicken Killer Wins $451,000 In Civil Rights Case

James Degorski, who was convicted in the killing of seven people at a Palatine Brown's Chicken, has been awarded $451,000 in a civil suit.

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One of the two men convicted of killing seven people at a Brown's Chicken Restaurant in Palatine in 1993 has been awarded $451,000 in a Civil Rights case, the Chicago Tribune reported.

James Degorski, 41, who is serving a life sentence in the massacre, was awarded the money in a lawsuit he filed against a former Cook County Jail guard accused of beating him in 2002.

Degorski and Juan Luna were convicted in the murders in separated trials in 2009 and 2007. Degorski was allegedly beaten after being arrested in 2002, the Daily Herald reported. The guard was acquitted of criminal charges.

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Tom Chapel March 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM
what is irritating is knowing that the first thing many states have done is to sign prisoners up for Obamacare. Prisoners have remarkable legal talent, usually paid for by taxpayers to ensure every right they may have claim to is fully protected. It costs over 50,000 a year for each inmate. Fine, have the verdict, but the funds should go to partially repay the millions he owes us as well as members of the families he killed. Suggesting he is entitled to the benefit of any monies is insane.
FaceOnMars March 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM
sklogw: you're missing the point. How can we damand reimbursement from one prisoner and not all?
sklogw March 24, 2014 at 03:11 PM
FOM: No, I don't think I am. I gave my opinion about the story. No one is talking about all prisoners but if that is your question to me then yes, I believe that all people who commit crimes and are found guilty should pay for their stay in jail. They should pay restitution.
Deerfield Resident March 24, 2014 at 05:07 PM
I like any thing that makes life tougher for criminals....make them work to pay for their incarceration (love it!).....secondly, how much has this Country taken a step back when your health care program is called obamacare (no caps) embarrassing to say the least!
FaceOnMars March 24, 2014 at 07:05 PM
sklogw: while we weren't "talking about all prisoners" specifically, I don't think it would be fair/just to apply conditions such as the requirement to pay for incarceration to one prisoner, but not all. As a general principle, I'd be kind of torn ... since it might only fuel the circumstances which might lead to greater recidivism and enable "Big Prison" industry to continue to incarcerate non-violent offenders at an alarming rate.


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