January 1st, 2013
05:58 PM ET

Newtown survivor's attorney to pull lawsuit, for now

Outcry over a request for permission to sue the state of Connecticut for millions of dollars in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting prompted a New Haven attorney to at least temporarily withdraw his client's petition, the attorney said Tuesday.

"I was getting hundreds of (Facebook) comments" about the potential lawsuit. "So I figured I'd take (the request) off the table for now," said Irving Pinsky, who represents the parents of a 6-year-old survivor of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Last week, Pinsky said in his filing that the state had failed to protect his client from what he described as "foreseeable harm."

The girl, identified only as Jill Doe, was at the school and apparently heard everything from gunfire to screaming over the intercom, Pinsky wrote in his Thursday letter to the state claims commissioner.

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  1. chrissy

    All i can say is WOW! If i were the parents of this little girl i would just thank gog every day that my child survived unharmed! Financial gain for a SURVIVOR just seems so VERY wrong to me!

    January 1, 2013 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. chrissy

    Oops meant to say God.

    January 1, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. 1608

    To some money is God,how sad some people are.

    January 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. paigest

    I admit I posted several things on his facebook. The only people defending him were his friends. I was kinda hoping he would explain to us how suing the state was going to help protect our children. He didn't care to address to mob only aggravate it.

    January 2, 2013 at 12:22 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    @ paigest, hes probably one of those anbulance chasing kinda lawyers! Shame on him!

    January 2, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. tmoney

    Passing the buck on to the lawyers is a prime example of the issue. There's something called supply & demand. 9 times out of 10 folks are knocking on attorney's doors for this type of civil litigation. I wouldn't file a suit like this but as far as we know, this atty didn't spontaneously decide to file the lawsuit. This nation is overrun with people who are quick to file a suit if someone looks at them the wrong way – along with lawyers who are willing to comply. It's a 2-way street.

    January 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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