Meet Senator Asshat, Representing North Douchington

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

I know, I know. We’re in the Era of New Civility and all that.

But seriously. Just read on.

An area lawmaker is suing a Perinton couple who are also his constituents.

Senator Jim Alesi is also suing the builder of the couple’s home. The lawsuit claims he was injured when he decided to look inside their house which was under construction at the time.

Perinton builder Louis DiRisio says the lawsuit infuriated him. “It was. It was very upsetting. Something that happened three years ago. We thought we put it to bed three years ago, and all of a sudden it rears its ugly head.”…

The front door of the unfinished home on Conover Crossing was locked. Alesi went around back and got in through a basement level back door. That’s where he tried to climb a ladder to the first floor because the staircase hadn’t been built yet. “He certainly didn’t have permission from me. He didn’t have permission from the Heckers. It was not a home that was for sale. It was not a model home. It was never open to the public. So in my view, it’s just entering the property whether the house was locked or not but entering that property was trespassing.”

Alesi said he was checking out the “under construction” house for a friend. He fell while climbing the ladder and suffered serious leg injuries that required surgery.

Alesi claims the builder and homeowners were negligent for failing to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition.

The good news is that Senator Trespass dropped his lawsuit on Tuesday, but only after a flurry of public support for the couple and pressure from leaders in his own party.

(Via Techdirt.)

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33 Responses to “Meet Senator Asshat, Representing North Douchington”

  1. #1 |  Aaron | 

    Oh joy! We get to look forward to the Republican party arguing that this shows a strong need for tort reform to prevent frivolous lawsuits such as this…

    Oh, wait, he’s a Republican? Never mind.

  2. #2 |  Pete Guither | 

    I heard in another article on this that he filed his lawsuit the day after statute of limitations ran out on the homeowners’ ability to press trespassing charges, which they had declined to do.

  3. #3 |  Steve Verdon | 

    Wow…what a complete douche bag.

  4. #4 |  Jennifer | 

    Nice guy. He should do lunch with Dennis Kucinich.

  5. #5 |  Kit Smith | 

    Pete, I had heard the same thing. What a narcissistic asshat.

  6. #6 |  Bot | 

    I wonder if he now has a handicap parking permit. Ya know, look on the bright side.

  7. #7 |  tb | 

    So this fucker breaks into some couple’s house, hurts himself on a ladder (!) and then has the stones to sue them after they decline to press trespassing charges?

    Ballsy little fucker, ain’t he?

  8. #8 |  Juice | 

    The Kucinich thing is a different story. I know that I don’t expect there to be anything in my sandwich that would break my teeth if I bit into it. I don’t think I’d sue over it. Well, if it were the Congressional Cafeteria, I might.

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  10. #10 |  Aresen | 

    @ tb | January 27th, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I don’t equate “ballsy” with “bloodsucking.”

  11. #11 |  CyniCAl | 

    I’m wondering just what kind of behavior one is supposed to expect from someone who uses violence to get his way, not only for a living, but with the tacit consent of about 99% of his neighbors.

    The real story is that this kind of thing doesn’t happen all the time.

    Oh wait, it does.

  12. #12 |  Dante | 

    Politicians are always bellowing about protecting the public. You know, tough on crime because it saves the children, etc.

    I know it’s been said a lot, but it bears repeating until we get an answer:

    Who will protect the public from those who swore an oath to protect & serve the public?

  13. #13 |  Dan | 

    From a WHAM news story here the reporter mentions that Alesi is co-sponsor of a scaffold legislation to do a better job assessing blame when a worker falls and gets hurt. …

    The last line reads:
    a worker should be at fault if that worker is injured by his or her own culpable conduct.

  14. #14 |  Reggie Hubbard | 

    The good news about this story is that it should prevent Sen. Asshat from ever running for higher office.

    The other good news is that a douchenozzle exposed himself as a douchenozzle to the world, took a lot of (deserved) abuse for it and probably will continue taking lots of heat for it for the rest of his political career.

  15. #15 |  EH | 

    To be sure, he’s only a state senator.

  16. #16 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Amazing, but the “system” actually worked. “Public shaming” system that is. Even RepubParty officials called him an asshat (take note FOP).

  17. #17 |  This Is . . . | Oh, My! | 

    […] Let me add another politician’s name to this list. (via Balko) […]

  18. #18 |  Sean L. | 

    This guy’s face.

    “Senator Tresspass” under it.

    The election-time ads write themselves.

  19. #19 |  Sam | 

    The title is pure treasure ;’)

  20. #20 |  Marty | 

    I wrote the jackass a note. what I hate about writing a critique or attaboy (hard to believe, but it’s happened…) to these politicians is that you have to give up a lot of personal info to do it. I guess I could make it all up, but that requires more effort than I want to put out.

  21. #21 |  Not Sure | 

    “Alesi claims the builder and homeowners were negligent for failing to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition.”

    Meaning, presumably, by not providing a temporary staircase for use while the final one is being built, I suppose.

    I wonder what happens if you fall and hurt yourself while the temporary staircase is being built…

  22. #22 |  Michael Chaney | 

    Weird. First time I’ve had to play “name that party” and turns out it’s a Republican.

  23. #23 |  Jeff | 

    I’m afraid to ask this, but what is an asshat? Maybe if he had been wearing one, it would have padded the fall.

  24. #24 |  Pinandpuller | 

    What was that line from “True Grit”? “He was a little senator”.

  25. #25 |  perlhaqr | 

    #13 – Dan: *SPROINK!*

    That sound you heard was my outrage meter exploding.

  26. #26 |  donald | 

    Maybe if he’d ended up a quadriplegic he’d learn to stay the fuck off other people property. Hard to trespass if you need help pushing your chair

  27. #27 |  Carl-Bear Bussjaeger | 

    OK, so the statute of limitations on trespass expired. What about burglary, seeing as he illegally entered a locked home?

    Was alcohol involved or was he looking for tools to steal?

  28. #28 |  Mike | 

    As a builder, I can tell you that when a home is under construction, any visitors other than the home owners must have permission from said home owner before I’ll let them on the premises. There’s just too much liability involved. Hell, most of the people I built for were lawyers so…..


  29. #29 |  demize! | 

    Wow! This Guy has got some pair of balls on him. Not in a good way. My dad would say “friggen gulliones”!

  30. #30 |  Jennifer | 

    He would have been charged with criminal trespass but the couple did not press charges. Let this be a lesson to anyone ever tempted to let a politician off the hook.

  31. #31 |  JThompson | 

    Jennifer: I dunno, if they’d pressed trespassing charges they have probably been harassed to death. The threat of harassment combined with the knowledge that nothing would really happen may well be why they didn’t press charges in the first place.

  32. #32 |  MPH | 

    Always, always, always, press a criminal complaint when there is one to press, regardless of how minor the offense is, or who the perpetrator is. One can always explain to the judge at sentencing that your goal in pressing the complaint was protection against lawsuits, and that you’re not interested in a severe penalty. Senator Asshat might still have been able to sue if he’d been found guilty of trespassing on the property, but winning the suit would have been unlikely even in the absence of public pressure. While it is not universal, juries tend to be reluctant to find in favor of claimants who are essentially claiming that they should be able to commit their crimes in safety. In some jurisdictions, criminals injured during the course of committing their crime are not allowed to sue their victims; but you need that guilty verdict to protect you against the lawsuit.

  33. #33 |  Joe | 

    What a dick that State Senator is.

    MPH, your chances of geting any cop and prosecutor to go after a trespass charge (without vandalism, theft, etc.) is almost non-existant (Unless they dislike the person who did it). They just do not have the resources for that.

    But you should still file a police report. And then possibly go after the trespasser for civil trespass in small claims for nominal damages and a order for them to stay off your property. I am pretty sure you do not need even a civil trespass verdict to use trespass as an affirmative defense for a personal injury case by an adult, but all that will definitely help.