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Dies Family Sues U.S. Government, Capps, Morua

Attorney Argues Hospital Costs and Punitive Damages are Owed


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The parents of Mallory Dies, who was killed last December in a drunk driving accident in downtown Santa Barbara, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. Government, Congresswoman Lois Capps, and Capps’s former aid Raymond Morua that seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in punitive damages.

Matt and Raeona Dies, represented by Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Stoll, Jr., allege that Morua was working for Capps when he drove drunk and caused the collision that left Mallory with fatal head injuries. Capps has denied that Morua was representing her in an official capacity at the time, and her office said it could not comment further on pending legal matters. Morua pleaded guilty last week to DUI and fatal hit-and-run charges, and faces 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced next month.

Matt Dies
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Matt Dies

In the civil court filing, Stoll alleges that Capps hired Morua knowing full well he had a history of “alcohol and drug abuse,” including two prior DUIs, and that she and her staff acted negligently and irresponsibly by asking him to drive as part of his work duties.

Stoll said he has multiple pieces of evidence to show that Morua was “on the clock” when he hit Dies, such as photos and texts taken in the hours and minutes leading up to the incident. The Office of General Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives — Stoll said a December 23 letter from the office denied an initial claim for damages and prompted the lawsuit — didn’t return a request for comment.

“These are not people trying to get rich off their daughter’s death,” Stoll said of Matt and Raeona Dies, explaining Mallory’s parents would like to be reimbursed for hospital and funeral expenses. Matt Dies has said in previous interviews that if the court awards his family any funds, he would contribute much of it to an anti-drunk driving program formed in the aftermath of Mallory’s death.

Accusing Capps and her office of “circling the wagons” and avoiding any kind of responsibility for the accident, Stoll cited “required vehicle doctrine” case law that attaches liability to the employer of a defendant who commits a crime in their work car. “It’s an open and shut case against Lois Capps,” Stoll asserted.

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Maybe this will help draw focus on the problem of drunk driving in America, and particularly in Santa Barbara.

ahem (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 12:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think it will help the drunk driving problem in the slightest. What it will do is make employers more accountable and more cautious about the people that they employ.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 5:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If they don't do background checks, or didn't because now they will, then what responsibility do they have for some jerk's decision to get drunk, drive, hit someone AND then take off. I guess if he was actually on the clock then they may have some liability but if he wasn't then it lays all with him. Not to blame her but I'm also curious if she was drunk and stepped out in the road in front of the car, that happens all too often as well. Regardless, the family is looking for money to pay her bills and this is where they see the deep pockets. It's sad to try and benefit from her death. As an adult she likely was responsible for her own finances and her parents have no liability anymore, and the bills, big as they are, could be dismissed due to her death.

santabarbarasand (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 6:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm not happy that the taxpayer is being held accountable for the mistakes of others either. What is clear is that Capps put the taxpayer at risk by not vetting this employee properly.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 7:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

SBSand, I too have similar questions and feelings as you. While I am so sorry Mallory died as a result of this drunk driver, I do not understand how this is anyone's fault but his own. Also, I may be wrong but I thought that as an adult, it would be her estate that is responsible for the bills, not her parents... I feel that he is the only one that is responsible and should be sued.

m2457 (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 8:31 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Her estate may be responsible for the bills, but her parents are likely the beneficiaries of that estate and have an interest in protecting it. They are suing Morua in name only because he has no assets. Of course they come after Capps and the taxpayer, because they have the deep pockets. It may not be an open and shut case as Stoll claims, but the taxpayer will end up paying to defend the government as well as Capps. This could have easily been avoided just by Capps using prudent hiring practices.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's foolish logic to say Capps put the taxpayers at risk. Morua has legally licensed by the State of California to drive. How many times did Mallory put the citizens of Santa Barbara at risk when she continued to serve her intoxicated friends as a bartender at Tonic? Suing Capps could get ugly for the Dies family.

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 9:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What foolish sad move.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 9:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

besmirch the victim for doing her job after she's dead. What class you have Darnel.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 9:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

tragedies never get better when looking for payback....they get worse.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There is a lot more to this case, and Capps will never be electable again. It's too bad, she was/is a good rep.

anonymau5 (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

As expected... Lawyers always sue the deepest pockets they can find. In this case the target pockets are very, very deep but I cannot imagine how any judge could find these parties at all liable for the actions of a single employee after hours and not on official business. I'll bet they settle though. Its cheaper and easier to just cut a check and not admit guilt or fault or set a precedent.

The only winner here is the attorney who filed for Dies. What a scumbag.

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"...but I cannot imagine how any judge could find these parties at all liable for the actions of a single employee after hours and not on official business."

iamsomeguyinsb: A Judge and jury won't, but if you read the News Press articles, he was out on official business, using his work cell phone, and stumping for Capps at a party.

And how is the Dies attorney a scumbag for representing a family in the courts? Employer liability for the actions of their employees while working as the employers agent is pretty well-established in the US, and especially strong in California. If you disagree with the way it is setup, you can try to get that changed. I'm sure Capps would support that.

robcf (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"besmirch the victim for doing her job after she's dead." Botany, If she was doing her job she would have cut off serving her drunk friends. If the TRUTH is besmirching than so be it.

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:46 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Why not sue MTD for not providing bus service?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Tort law at it's best.. Los Angeles based attorney...“These are not people trying to get rich off their daughter’s death,”..Ok, lets see if actions speak louder than words. Horrific tragedy no doubt. But if the lawyer sues for $10million which would be his percentage plus the aforementioned expenses and donation to drinking a drives programs, that would seem a little out of sink. Good luck when proving he was on/off the clock. When I leave my work and am driving home, is my employer responsible for me causing an accident to and from work?
Terribly sad for the Dies...and I hope they receive some form of restitution..I worry about the lawyer side turning this into a 3 ring circus.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If DUI were a barrier to Federal employment, than GW Bush could not have become President.
They should've just stuck to Morua.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

How about 2 DUI's and grand theft?

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If DUI were a barrier to Federal employment, than non of the politicians in that town couldn't have been elected. Georgetown is famous for sightings of drunk Congressmen.

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Speaking of Federal employment ,ever seen a drunk midshipman from the Naval Academy in Annapolis? They are a riot.. Go Navy!

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If DUI were a barrier to Federal employment, than GW Bush could not have become President.
They should've just stuck to Morua.

...or any Kennedy, for that matter.

brimo7272 (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah I'd think grand theft might be a barrier. But it's impossible to prove if Morua hadn't been employed by Capps, he wouldn't have been out driving drunk and murdered that young girl. He could just as easily been employed by any of us.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What is Matt Dies really after, in this lawsuit? No amount of money will bring his child back. Hospital and funeral bills must be paid and the lawsuit should be awarded to the family for that only. However, there are some twists and turns in this story that I find interesting:

The subheadline reads: "Hospital Costs and Punitive Damages"
Hospital costs yes, funeral costs maybe, what are punitive damages?

Next: "seeks hundreds of thousands of dollars in punitive damages."
Hang on, where did the worries about hospital costs go?

Later: "explaining Mallory’s parents would like to be reimbursed for hospital and funeral expenses."
Ah, it's back again. OK, these costs seem completely acceptable to be covered.

But finally: "Matt Dies has said in previous interviews that if the court awards his family any funds, he would contribute much of it to an anti-drunk driving program formed in the aftermath of Mallory’s death."
WHOA WHOA WHOA. Stop.

Raymond Morua should be sued, he was found guilty. But suing the Federal Government, Lois Capps - is in effect suing the taxpayer and is in fact completely misguided. If Morua doesn't have enough to cover the hospital and funeral bills... his insurance covers the rest, right? His car insurance. NOT the federal government.

And where did this wacky idea come from, to fund yet another anti-drunk driving program??? What a load of baloney. Throw this lawsuit out. Go after Morua and his insurance company just like every other wrongful death by car suit.

z28racergirl (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 12:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Stoll's law office may be in LA, but he has lived on Montecito for decades. This lawsuit is about deep pockets. When you read that an attorney, Stoll, refer to their case as a "slam dunk" you just know that they have a weak case. I know Bob, he is all about the money. When Morua pled guilty he claimed that it was to spare the Dies family any more grief, but hey if there is enough money at stake, what's a little more grief? Oh and it looks to me like Genis was in on this suit from the start. This is another stunt to deflect the blame from Morua.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 1:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whigs.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 1:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

peter lance gets busted for dui.
peter lance retains darryl genis as his attorney.
peter lance writes 5 part article in newspress about conspiracy against him.
peter lance gets off for technicality even though he's legally dui

morua gets busted for many things caused by his dui.
morua retains darryl genis as his attorney.
peter lance writes 5 part article in newspress about conspiracy by capps.
morua pleads guilty, goes to jail.
capps gets sued by Ms Dies family by LA attorney for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
attorney for the Dies family says 'the family has questions raised by peter lance article.
peter lance defended by darryl genis who while defending morua advised him about taking a deal to go to jail.....

all happenstance no doubt.

and the np has no axe to grind with capps either.

and the thorns make complete sense.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 2:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

z28racergirl for the checkered flag! Concur completely.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 2:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thanks for the sobering timeline, lawdy.
Land & Genis - - - two whacked-peas in a pod.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 2:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Like z28racergirl stated. Throw the lawsuit out.

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 3:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Some of these comments are pretty ridiculous. In CA, an employer is NOT PERMITTED to discriminate against a potential employee for prior offenses that are not work-related. In other words, if he was embezzling at a previous job, it would be acceptable not to hire him. But a vet with a couple past DUIs? Capps would likely be in more trouble for NOT hiring him.

Like a previous poster said, Morua was legally licensed to drive by the state, as many people with prior DUI convictions are. It's definitely not a "slam dunk" case and the attorney knows that. He's just using the bully pulpit to get a bunch of sheeple (like many here) to turn up the heat on Capps to settle $$$ out of court. There's no way she would let this go to trial in an election year.

Indyholio (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 7:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds like extortion to me Indyholio.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 7:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Thank you Indyholio, finally a little common sense spoken. Like I said above, this is just a very sad story and I am not a Capps supporter, but the blame is on one person only and that's the drunk driver! I too wish this case would get thrown out, but they will probably just settle.

m2457 (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 8:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm kinda getting sick of hearing about this case.......

retprotector (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 8:23 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Respondeat Superior - aka The Master Servant Rule or vicarious liability. This is a venerable legal principle and would be reasonable to assert in this case. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Responde...

I believe Mr Morua had a suspended license, yet was still able to collect mileage allowances for his work on behalf of Ms Capps.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 8:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Are you all defending the Congresswoman for fear of her losing office? *NewsFlash* there's another democrat running!
As for this scenario, let's change a few things, then judge-
You own a company that reps businesses. You hire someone and then send them to events to rep your company. While out "working the room" for your company, this employee drinks too much and then kills someone. Are you
responsible? Unless you had rules in place dictating no drinking OTJ.
Yes, yes you are.
As for hiring him? He handles materials that are very sensitive, as well as being responsible for the safety of a member of congress (by virtue of knowing her schedule)- therefore his previous convictions CAN and SHOULD have been accounted for in the hiring process. If he was given the opportunity to have the job, basic managerial skills should have insured he was never without a dd or ride, or no drinking stipulated.
Here is the fact- they knew, or they sucked at their job. Either way, they lied after the fact and attempted to spin this for political reasons. They also said he stole the invite? Then took pictures to prove it?
Anyone who defends this is quite clearly an idiot. We, the friends of Mallory, demand more from our rep.
As for those who attack her and her family? I hope your insides rot like your Dorian Grey paintings do.
Bad hiring, bad management, horrible cover-up.
Btw- DarNel? You should be doubly ashamed,. You make me sick.

FedUpInSB (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 9:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

For those who don't know me: I have never voted for Capps, and most likely never will. I also am a rabidly vocal opponent of drunk/buzzed driving, and have never been a drinker. Having said that, I think that going after Capps is wrong.

The problem lies with Morua's choice to not have a designated driver before he chose to get drunk. The "you're not cool if you don't drink" mentality of Santa Barbara is also a huge factor. And if it is simply a case of the family needed to pay her medical costs, perhaps the alcohol retailers who run their ads on this website and the wineries that cater to the elite can shore up some $$$ and take the burden off the family. Perhaps that place where he was the served him alcohol before he got in his vehicle should pay for their bills.

Where was he drinking just before he got in his vehicle? Nick?...Matt...Marianne?...

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 9:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Inevitably, this has become about the money.

And fedup, spare us the shrill. Not one post is supporting Capps, but rather blaming morua.....the one deservedly going to prison.

Besides, before this all went down, you didn't even know what a rep did....let alone 'demand more from your rep'. Jeezus.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No, just defending fairness. "The friends of Mallory" and the Dies family were so upset that Capps did not make an apology for the actions of her employee. The reason that Capps was careful with her response was that at that shortly after the tragic death of Mallory, Stoll smelled blood in the water. He know that this would be a "slam dunk" case for a quick, fat settlement. Capps will have to choose between her political future or fighting a frivolous lawsuit. Unless Morua was expected ( by Capps) to attend this party, drink to excess and then drive home,this case is a long shot. Why would Stoll, a very wealthy world class personal injury lawyer, want this case? My guess is that since he is approaching retirement, he wants a US Rep's scalp on his belt.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Clausen, I think its unlikely the independent will be inviting you to their christmas party this year.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)


For those who don't know me:

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 9:58 p.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IP-2C...

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 10:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Lois Capps lost her beloved husband Walter due in part to injuries caused by a drunk driver on Hwy 54.

They were both injured and hospitalized. . I believe that the stress of this accident and the injuries incurred led up to Walter's unexpected heart attack soon after.

I am praying for Lois now as these memories must be getting triggered by these recent events where she is being implicated unjustly.

How is an employer (Lois Capps) to know whether any of her employees are alcoholics?

By all accounts the disease of alcoholism is one of self deception and denial spelled "don't even know that I am lying" to self or others.

I am heart sick by another person killed by the gorilla alcohol.



blanchesweet (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gee Blanche- you think she didn't know about the previous incidents? If our congressional rep can't get this information, what can she do?
Oh, that's right, spend her valuable time ensuring that magazines don't photo shop out blemishes on models.
Awesome.

FedUpInSB (anonymous profile)
April 23, 2014 at 11:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As for the matter at hand, how many generations of chain-of-command down the food tree was Morua from Capps? In other words, perhaps it was the responsibility of someone below her to vet (sp?) Morua's past--assuming there was a legal precedent for them to do so.

As for BlanchSweet's comments I agree 100%. I too had heard that Walter Capps' death was the aftereffect of the accident where he was hit by the drunk driver, and I heard this a number of years ago.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 1:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The Federal facilities I have and work at require a Vetting of all personnel before even walking through the front doors or on to the Property. This is Vetting is done by a series of intermediates who's job it is to perform background checks into prior criminal and civil backgrounds to include traffic, scholastic, work, Military and Overseas and legal. The seriousness of anyone incident is either waved or used to withdraw a person from a position or place of or where classified discussions and actions are performed. Mr. Morua's past indiscretions were waved by someone within Ms. Capps office but as she would have been the Senior level supervisor, she has to answer for the negligence of her staff. The Federal Government may either approach this case to rectify the Vetting errors or most likely (as the Law prescribes) label the case as a Protection of National Security and avoid prosecution altogether. Either way it shines a poor light on Ms. Capps and jeopardizes her chances of Winning re-election if anyone runs against her.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 6:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

dou4now there was NO negligence in the hiring of Morua whether his dui's were known or unknown. Capps is NOT responsible for Mallory's death any more than I am. And if this goes to trial we may find out that she contributed to her death that night by being intoxicated and crossing the street against the light.

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 7:49 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Got any evidence to prove that Darnel? If not, you're just spewing garbage.

Botany (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 8:02 a.m. (Suggest removal)

fedup...you are not helping 'friends of mallory' with your snotty attitude. everything you write is anti capps....your agenda is very clear. and its nothing to do with your friend.

in fact you are the kind of friend that's detrimental rather than a plus.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 8:06 a.m. (Suggest removal)

One way you know the drinking-driving history of an employee is to ask for current driving records before doling out our tax dollars to reimburse this employee for use of his car for official business.

Ms Capps needs to show more care when she spends our tax dollars. At all levels.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So let me get this straight Lawdy- You will attack me for insinuating the congresswoman was at least partially at fault for the irresponsible actions of her staffer, even if her only role were to be ensuring a known DUI offender does not attend official functions that serve alcohol, yet DarNel here besmirched the character of a much beloved dead girl, and you have nothing to say? Yet I'm the one hurting my side?
Hey DarNel, real powerful words on the internet. Do you have the balls to spew your inflammatory rhetoric in public? How about semi-private? Arrange a public forum for you to say such horrid things? I thought not.

FedUpInSB (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 8:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

FedUpinSB do you have first hand knowledge of Mallory's drinking habits? I do, little Malory liked to DRINK. Stating FACTS isn't besmirching. Here are some questions though. How does a sober person not see a car "speeding" directly towards them on one way street? I know the area well and I would have seen Morua and not gotten hit. Did they cross in the crosswalk or J-Walk? If they crossed in the walk was the light RED at Haley or Green? If the light was RED why wasn't he charged with failure to STOP on a RED light? If this goes to trial these things will be raised by the attorney for Capps. Mallory may have contributed to her on death if she was drunk and J-Walked.

DarNel (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 9:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

In addition to educating yourself on the principle of respondent superior, add the principle of negligence per se to your homework assignment:

….."What is an example of negligence per se?

A car breaking the speed limit and injuring a pedestrian would be negligence per se. In this instance, the law provides for a criminal penalty, but not a civil penalty. The plaintiff, protected by anti-speeding statues is a member of the protected class that the statute aims to protect.

The driver of the car can be charged with negligence per se for failing to obey the statute and adhering the standard of care expected of him while operating a motor vehicle.

A reasonable person would obey the speed limit and exercise due diligence when driving a car, but in this case, the defendant did not, which allows him to be charged with negligence per se in civil court in addition to criminal penalties." ……….

- See more at: http://negligence.laws.com/negligence...

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 10:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I expect this lawsuit will be quietly settled in the coming months without a lot of public revelations to stir up all of this speculation even more.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Armchair analysis by the woefully ignorant.

This is about money. That's it. That's all. Its not about redemption, its not about vengeance, It's about getting as much money as possible as a result of a tragedy. Someone, everyone must pay! Its the American way. Sue the deepest pockets and take your 40%. Gotta love tort law.

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 12:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You don't get money unless you can show you have a winning hand to play in court. Only government "welfare" programs throw money at you without having to earn it or prove the merits of your case.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So which one of you all didn't see this coming? The writing was on the wall the moment it happened. We can do all the speculating we want, this is going to play itself out how it will. Got to agree w/ the Yeti, this is going to be "backroomed" sooner than later.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 1:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

excellent news for the money grab team. they just made the Fox front page complete with numerous quotes from the newspress and Daryl Genis who somehow has wormed his way into the money equation.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 1:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'm thinking the Dies family would rather have Mallory back than the money, lawdy. Unfortunately, the only way the civil justice system can attempt to make amends is [primarily] with money. I'd cut the Dies family a little slack here, but that's just my opinion...

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 2:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

agreed yeti about the loss of the young lady.....and I agree financially the family should not suffer a hardship....however using terms like punitive and chasing down a non connect such the congresswoman is a money grab.

Possibly this has escalated out of the family's control....but it's the same cast of characters who surface in the public eye repeatedly.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
April 24, 2014 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Respondeat superior.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Darnel poses some very interesting questions regardless of the sadness of the situation. These never came up because Morua accepted the deal. But if this does go to trial, Morua and all of Ms. Dies friends will get to take the stand. Louis too maybe. It is pretty sad all the way around, who ever this lawyer is... it was obvious some !@#$%@#A$$ buzzard was going to start circling as soon as possible. Spare us the noble gestures, this is about retribution and money. RIP Mallory.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2014 at 12:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Could Lois be the scapegoat in a crazy making alcoholic family system?
I am reminded of George Clooney in that film "The Descendents" . He was blamed for his wife's death because he was a workaholic and didn't buy his wife a new powerboat?

Cathy Sargent

blanchesweet (anonymous profile)
April 25, 2014 at 9:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Dies family should sue the people the made the alcohol that their lovely daughter drank that night . They should sue the Pentagon for not giving a Vet the mental health (rehab) he needed after the war. They should sue the school that didn't teach their wonderful daughter to look out for traffic while crossing the street... Maybe the cell phone company should be sued for distracting her as she wondered out into traffic. They should sue MADD for pilfering the millions they took to "stop drunk drivers" ! May this be a lesson to us all... Don't let go.... Get Revenge... Get yours by using the Ol' "we will give a portion of our winnings to help others" because in America, money is what we value! Oh ya and the children.

GEO (anonymous profile)
April 28, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe the Dies should sue their attorney for prolonging this tragedy. The person responsible for the loss of their beautiful child is going to Jail for a long time. I'm sorry nothing will bring Your Beautiful Baby back.

bigjim (anonymous profile)
May 1, 2014 at 9:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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