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Can King Jerry Do No Wrong?

February 26th, 2009 by admin · 7 Comments

Talk about desperation. After losing an eight-year battle with the firefighters union, Mayor Jerry Abramson has instructed his crack legal team to attempt one final act of desperation to avoid paying the millions owed to firefighters in back pay. He’s using the ancient concept of “sovereign immunity” in Jefferson Circuit Court in an attempt to get the award thrown out.

Paying the bill could effectively clean out the city’s rainy day fund, which many Metro Council members advocated using to shore up the city’s budget. There’s at least $17.6 million at stake, and that number is likely to climb.

Sovereign immunity is simply a declaration that the government can’t be sued, a concept dating to the Middle Ages. It’s actually kind of funny in this case, given King Jerry’s whole “Mayor for Life” status. From Wikipedia:

Generally speaking it is the doctrine that the sovereign or state cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution; hence the saying, the king (or queen) can do no wrong. In many cases, governments have waived this immunity to allow for suits; in some cases, an individual may technically appear as defendant on the state’s behalf.

Tags: Jail · Jerry Abramson · Legal

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Joel // Feb 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    When does Louisville Metro get to declare itself an independent city-state?

  • 2 AbG // Feb 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    It may be ancient, but sovereign immunity is still alive and well. You can still sue municipalities in limited instances, but you can’t sue the state or the federal government.

  • 3 Ed Springston // Feb 26, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    This just gets funnier and funnier.

    Of course Jerry would try to use this now.

    It isn’t like he could have tried this BEFORE his buddies got paid thousands of dollars keeping this in court for legal fees right?

    I mean his buddies should get theirs at the expense of the people who were wronged.

    Just one more pathetic excuse for a Mayor.

  • 4 Earl // Feb 26, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    So…are one of you guys gonna find out how much the highly moral Larry Zielke and his Zielke Law Firm PLLC (www.zielkefirm.com) is billing the city to inflict his morals on us?

  • 5 Steve Magruder (I, not D or R) // Feb 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    This is certainly yet one more sign that Mayor Jerry Abramson is out of control!

    If the toxic cheerleader’s sycophants can’t come out of their stupor with this plainly shameful dealing, I don’t know what will do it.

  • 6 Jim // Feb 28, 2009 at 2:13 am

    The reason that Jerry Abramson and his crimes have been allowed to occur for so long is that the Courier Journal, TV channels, etc haven’t had enough moxy to cover the stories and the guts to report the facts as they are. By continuing to allow the mayor every avenue of media control they have done this. It is a crying shame that Louisville doesn’t have a true independent media such as a locally based radio station or TV station that would cover the stories as they are and bringing out the facts to the public. Whats up with the right to know news media. In fact, why are they focusing on that one teacher when they have a mayor and his cadre of crooks running the city budget into the ground as well as the local economy

  • 7 RENE // Mar 21, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    THANK GOODNESS SOMEONE ELSE IS FINALLY COMMENTING ON THIS JOKE OF A MAYOR. WHEN ARE THE PEOPLE OF LOUISVILLE GOING TO WAKE UP AND THROW HIS SORRY A– OUT! THOUGHT THE METRO GOVERNMENT CONCEPT MIGHT TAKE CARE OF THIS, BUT ALAS, IT’S THE SAME OLD S—.

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