An attorney seeking to sue Connecticut for $100 million on behalf of a Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting survivor who heard Adam Lanza’s murderous rampage on a loudspeaker also serves as the official lawyer for Occupy New Haven, WND has found.
New Haven lawyer Irving Pinsky told the Associated Press today he is filing the claim against the state on behalf of a 6-year-old female student, nicknamed “Jill Doe,” claiming the student suffered emotional and psychological trauma.
“As a consequence, the claimant-minor child has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined,” the claim says.
“She was in her classroom, and over the loudspeaker came the horrific confrontation between the fellow who shot everybody and other people,” Pinsky said. “Her friends were killed. That’s pretty traumatic.”
WND has found that Pinsky doubles as the attorney for Occupy New Haven. He has represented the anti-Capitalism movement in scores of cases against the city.
For example, this past March, Pinsky helped Occupy defy city demands to vacate a park where they had built a tent city. Pinsky told the local media Occupy protesters wouldn’t leave since city officials hadn’t met Occupy demands for improved school funding and low-income housing, longer library hours and an end to foreclosures.
Eventually, Pinsky’s legal aid helped the Occupy movement win an extra few weeks in the park.
Pinsky has also faced disciplinary action in his legal career. He had his license suspended in 2003 and was reprimanded in 1989.
In his suit over the Sandy Hook massacre, Pinsky is alleging the city is to blame for not providing adequate security at the school. The lawsuit also complains the child heard “conversations, gunfire and screaming” over the school’s intercom after someone in the office switched on the system.
That claim may draw the ire of other survivors, since the trauma broadcast over the intercom reportedly helped to warn other classrooms about what was going on, prompting teachers to lock doors and help students take cover.
This is not the first time Pinsky has represented a claimant in a $100-million lawsuit some may find questionable.
In 1991, Pinsky represented Miss Black America in a $100-million suit against boxer Mike Tyson, alleging Tyson had placed a hand on her buttocks while they were posing for photographers.
With additional research by Brenda J. Elliott