Long Island pharmacy massacre

by Walter Olson on February 10, 2012

Four people were killed when pill addict David Laffer robbed a Medford, N.Y. pharmacy. Now the survivors of victim Jamie Taccetta are suing a variety of defendants including the drugstore whose pharmacist was killed, the Suffolk County police and a former commissioner, “and pharmaceutical companies that make the drug oxycodone.” [CBS New York, Newsday]

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1 captnhal 02.10.12 at 8:43 am

The person most responsible for the 4 murders was David Laffer yet there was no mention of him as a defendant. In this country when it comes to civil suits it’s a bigger sin to have deep pockets than to commit mass murder.

Had the pharmacy employed a security guard, there probably would have been 5 victims with the guard being shot first.

2 jkoerner 02.10.12 at 10:07 am

At least the plaintiffs are being honest:
“Winning in a lawsuit is not just about principle. It is also about acquiring money, and we’re wanting $20 million,” he added.

3 E-Bell 02.10.12 at 10:23 am

“Winning in a lawsuit is not just about principle. It is also about acquiring money, and we’re wanting $20 million,” he added.

Wow, it IS about the money!

4 KDP 02.10.12 at 12:46 pm

I liked one comment which I will paraphrase a bit – “Why not include the gas station where he bought gas and the clothing store where he bought the clothes he wore while committing the crime?” You can see where it ends from there. The story just reenforces all the cliches about lawyers you’ve ever heard.

5 Doug 02.10.12 at 8:03 pm

what about the killer’s wife who helped plan the robbery? But for her…

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