Lansing State Journal News Article on East Lansing Veterans Court

There’s not much I can add to this news article on the 54-B District Court in East Lansing Veterans Court program. So, I’m basically just passing along the link to anyone who should happen to stumble across this page. The article is a worthwhile look at the Veterans Court.

I don’t have personal experience with the Veterans Court, yet, but, any time you have a court that can specialize in the needs of a certain aspect of the criminal justice system, it’s a good thing. Especially when you’re talking abut something as important as giving a fair chance to our Veterans that might find themselves tangled up in the Court System. Recognizing the different circumstances of those that come in contact with the court system is a step in a positive direction.

“Here’s a guy who (lost an eye) — on our behalf,” Jordon said. “His sacrifice for us merited us doing something for him. Not just cutting him a deal.”

But at the time, Jordon added: “I just didn’t know what to do for him. I didn’t have a plan, a system.”

That has changed.

Jordon, a judge in East Lansing’s 54B District Court, now heads one of the five court programs in the state that focus on treating veterans. Nationwide, there are about 80.

For the rest of the article, again, here’s the link.

This kidnapper does not appear to be good at his profession…

I don’t know a whole lot about how to kidnap someone. I do know, however, that when the act of kidnapping has started, you want to have a better exit strategy than this man.

TOPEKA, Kan. — A man convicted of holding a Topeka-area couple hostage is now suing his victims, claiming that they reneged on an agreement to hide him from police.

Oh, come on!

Who wouldn’t go back on that agreement?(Al Cowlings, maybe?)

According to the news article, the kidnapper burst into a home while being chased by police and held a couple hostage at knifepoint. Then, he apparently offered them an untold fortune of riches in exchange for hiding him from the police. Here’s where things get dicey:

The couple escaped and called police after Dimmick fell asleep. Now, Dimmick has filed suit in court claiming that he and the couple had an oral agreement that they would hide him from police.

I’ve never once had a thought along the lines of, “man, I wish I was a law school professor” (not that there is anything wrong with that). Except for RIGHT NOW. The hypothetical law school exam question I would write based on this story would be spectacular.

You need some consideration to make that oral agreement binding, pal. Holding a knife in someone’s face doesn’t exactly strike me as, “OK THIS GUY IS GOING TO LIVE UP TO HIS END OF THE BARGAIN.”

Basically, this is an Exercise in How NOT to make a Contract. Duress? Contracting for something illegal (trust me, someone would overlook that on a Contracts Law exam)? Confuse students by overly hinting that there was a meeting of the minds and then laugh when one of them does write meeting of the minds? No specified dollar amount in the contract?

You may wonder at this point, how did the couple manage to get their kidnapper to fall asleep? What kidnapper would be so confident in this oral agreement for an unspecified amount of riches that he would take a nap?

eating Cheetos and drinking Dr Pepper with him while watching the movie “Patch Adams.”

And, then, he fell asleep. Can’t blame the guy there, that movie was awful.