Monthly Archives: September 2007

Henry County Jury Verdict Makes News

I had a jury trial in Henry County last week in a case where a guy shot a teenager with a shotgun. The case and the verdict were both interesting, so the local newspaper picked up the story, which ran today. If you’re a subscriber, you can click here - otherwise read these snippets from the article:

Jury awards teen $48,908 for injuries in shooting (actually it was $46,908, but I’m not picky)

A Kewanee man in prison for shooting a teenager on June 29, 2004 has been ordered by a Henry County jury to pay the victim $48,908.

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Mr. Redmond injured two people with shotgun fire and threatened nine others near property he rented to store commercial fireworks.

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“I think the jury got it right,” Mr. Zimmerle said. “I think it sends a message to people that these sort of actions won’t be tolerated.”

Mr. Zimmerle said he made the analogy of the wild west to the jury last week. “You can’t shoot people when they come near your property.”

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[T]he judgment paid for [Plaintiff’s] medical bills, with $12,500 for past pain and suffering and $25,000 in punitive damages.

I wish I could comment on this case a little bit, but it wouldn’t be the best idea, since the defendants still have time for possible post-trial motions or appeals. Still, drop me a line if you’re interested in more about the case or my strategy. I’m proud of this one.

(Howard Zimmerle is an attorney practicing in Kewanee, Geneseo, and all of Henry County Illinois)

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Michael Warner & Associates Updated Website

My firm, Michael J. Warner & Associates, just updated our other website, http://www.mjwlaw.com – check it out. Not only do you get to see some of our success record, but you get pictures of my shining, happy face! Actually, I seem to have awkwardly positioned myself against a judge’s bench in the Rock Island Justice Center, but it’s worth a look nonetheless.

(Howard Zimmerle is a car accident attorney practicing in Rock Island, Moline, Davenport and Bettendorf).

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Filing stupid lawsuits to stop tort reform… whaa?

Apparently a Nebraska senator has filed a lawsuit against God for natural disasters, “inter alia fearsome floods, egregious earthquakes, horrendous hurricanes, terrifying tornados (sic), pestilential plagues…”

Other than his fantastic use of alliteration, I thought “What a nutball, how did this guy ever get elected?”

According to the article linked above, the lawsuit was filed “to fight possible laws restricting the filing of frivolous lawsuits.” So let me get this straight – to prove that the courthouse doors should stay open, his plan is to do something idiotic that helps the tort reform point.

Which makes me thinkĀ  What a nutball, how did this guy ever get elected?”

I guess the only question now is who God hires for his defense counsel. I think that’d look amazing in a Martindale.com profile: Representative clients – Wells Fargo, State Farm, God…

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