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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Ind. Courts - "David Camm civil suits shift into gear"

Grace Schneider has the story today, in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:

Lawyers representing David Camm's in-laws say Camm shouldn't get all of $626,000 in insurance and estate proceeds even though he was cleared last fall in the murders of his wife and two children.

Lawyers for Camm and those representing Camm's in-laws, Frank and Janice Renn, met in chambers with Floyd Circuit Judge Terrence Cody Tuesday morning to discuss pending civil cases the Renns filed to prevent Camm from profiting from his family's deaths.

[Camm lawyer David Mosley] said the money should go to Camm and not toward legal fees [the Renns lawyer Nick Stein] has indicated he intends to recover for representing the Renns since the murders in September 2000. "We're wasting time. It's unfair and unfortunate," Mosley said. * * *

[Sam] Lockhart [Camm's uncle] and Camm waited in the courtroom Tuesday while Mosley and co-counsel Matt Jacobs met with Cody and Renn lawyers Nick Stein and Amy Wheatley. At issue now is how to distribute $167,403 held in certificates of deposit in the three estates, and $458,672 from three life insurance policies.

Two suits involving some benefits are pending in Floyd Circuit while a third lawsuit centered on proceeds from two policies related to Kim Camm's job at the former Aegon USA is pending in U.S. District Court in New Albany. During a recent status conference, Federal Magistrate Judge William G. Hussman Jr. indicated that settling all of the cases together may be best now, Stein said.

A settlement conference is scheduled for Nov. 14. On Tuesday, the lawyers brought Cody up to speed on the Floyd Circuit cases, and no date was set for another hearing, the lawyers said.

Even after the civil cases are resolved, it won't end all Camm litigation. Camm filed notice in April that he intends to sue a string of Floyd County officials, starting with former Prosecutor Stan Faith, for damages stemming from his wrongful convictions. He's seeking $30 million.

Stein and the Renns are still convinced Camm committed the killings and intend to fight for fair compensation for representing Kim Camm's parents "for the last 14 years," Stein said.

"We feel he's responsible for his family's deaths or there wouldn't be any more litigation," he said.

"David Camm returns to Floyd County court for civil lawsuit filed by Renn family" is the headline of a WDRB story by Stephan Johnson that begins:
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- David Camm spent Tuesday morning in a place that does not hold good memories for him: a Floyd County courtroom.

Although David Camm has been cleared in a court of law, his former in-laws still want him to pay.

"For whatever reason they just can't allow themselves to get to the point where they recognize the truth," Camm said.

But this time, instead of facing a jury, Camm is facing his former in-laws.

“Frank and Janice just can't [or] don't get it and unfortunately, now it has come down to an issue concerning money," Camm said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 13, 2014 10:06 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts