Maverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 5858 posts, RR: 7 Posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 996 times:
Quote: A man who held a Kansas couple hostage in their home while fleeing from authorities is suing them, claiming they broke an oral contract made when he promised them money in exchange for hiding him from police.
wn700driver From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (3 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 966 times:
Quoting Maverick623 (Reply 2): But, if that's not the case, can the victims counter sue for harassment (as a civil case)?
I'm honestly not sure of there's any precedent for that (construing litigation as harassment under those terms that is...). Doubtful though, as simply committing a crime does not alleviate any liabilities that are "foreseable" under the law. It seems unlikely that they'd be able to sue the individual for exercising their right to litigate a complaint. They would have to find something else, perhaps related to the original crime itself.
Again though, a contract cannot be said to be breached if the breaching item/incident is itself a violation of the law. This will be dismissed quickly, no doubt.