29 August 2008

KingCast open letter to Senator Bruce Tarr on Robert Taylor’s law, Barbara Murch and the Lorraine Apartments.

Read here to see what the Gloucester Times said about Robert Taylor's Law. Read the comments for my entire letter to Senator Tarr and the most recent draft of Robert Taylor's Law.

This is an excerpt from 5-year tenant Barbara Murch, who lawfuly withheld her rent after going to the Board of Health, but who was evicted after he lawyer failed to raise a counterclaim of retaliatory eviction. I've got her pictures from inside the building and let me tell you, it's all going to come out in the wash and it's going to get very nasty. Very. Nasty.

“I’ve also asked a couple of times to replace the stove so the same thing doesn’t happen to me as did the tenants in Apt. 5 (carbon monoxide fumes seeped into their apartment from their gas stove)…….”

“The lives of tenants in this building are in danger and if something happens you will be held accountable for our deaths. The building inspector and fire departments have already been notified by the city to do their inspections. When was the last time this building was inspected, probably not at all…..”


I close my letter to Senator Tarr:

I don’t know what the status is of Robert Taylor’s Law that I drafted and that your office edited, but in light of these developments it becomes even more important that you go forward with this legislation. Robert Taylor was a beautiful man who died in an uninspected building that probably had only one means of egress for him, which appears to be a per se code violation. Only people like you and State Representative Verga can help deter landlords like these from hurting more innocent people. Your commitment to the human condition implores you to do so......

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Christopher King said...

SECTION 1. Chapter 186 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding after Section 19 the following section:-

“SECTION 19A. Notice to tenants of unsafe or unsanitary conditions”

A landlord of any real estate except an owner-occupied two- or three-family dwelling shall, within thirty days of any notification to the landlord that said real estate is not in compliance with either state or local health or building codes, notify all tenants of said non-compliance; provided, that additional notification be provided for every additional thirty days for which said real estate remains in non-compliance. If any real estate is not in compliance with either state or local health or building codes, no lease for said real estate, nor any extension of any existing lease shall be proffered to any prospective or current tenant without accompanying notification of the property’s non-compliant status.

The executive office of housing and economic development shall promulgate regulations to implement this section, including the incorporation of this section in the state building code and the form and means of transmission of any notice required by this section.

Christopher King said...

29 August 2008:

Re: KingCast open letter to Senator Bruce Tarr on Robert Taylor’s law, Barbara Murch and the Lorraine Apartments.

Dear Senator Tarr:

On a chance encounter, Gloucester Times reporter Rich Gaines saw Ms. Murch and me today at Two Sisters’ Café in Downtown Gloucester. Once there we happened to provide him an extra set of photographs from the inside of 80 Middle Street that I will be scanning later today and putting online. The conditions were indeed deplorable, including standing water, mold, an egress door that was fused shut against a shifted wall, open asbestos and a stove that looked like something out of post war East Germany. Ms. Murch fell sick and was hospitalized for the better part of a week because of the mold.

She said that the landlords were taking all of their rent money and spending it on their new building for which they received Tax Incremental Financing. Not so incidentally, it appears that they made material misrepresentations that may prove fraudulent in order to obtain that financing, and I will keep you posted on that.

Reporter Gains will also soon be reviewing Ms. Murch’s diary and letters from 5 years of living at the building. I have read some of it myself, and it is very distressing. She said you could see your breath in the building it was so cold. She told me that when the acting building supervisors turned the heat on the landlords fired him.

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“I’ve also asked a couple of times to replace the stove so the same thing doesn’t happen to me as did the tenants in Apt. 5 (carbon monoxide fumes seeped into their apartment from their gas stove)…….”

“The lives of tenants in this building are in danger and if something happens you will be held accountable for our deaths. The building inspector and fire departments have already been notified by the city to do their inspections. When was the last time this building was inspected, probably not at all…..”

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What I also find distressing is that when she complained of conditions and called in the Board of Health her landlords Raso and Gattineri got her evicted and her lawyer stood by and never even argued unlawful retaliatory eviction. Keep in mind that she had a FIVE YEAR HISTORY of timely rent payments and only withheld her rent because of the conditions. Her activities were clearly protected by the Gloucester Case Law of Coder v. Lauer, Gloucester #870236, which I have forwarded to you on prior occasion. I think she has a Cause of Action against him for failing to zealously represent her and I’m forwarding the materials to the appropriate lawyers for review.

I don’t know what the status is of Robert Taylor’s Law that I drafted and that your office edited, but in light of these developments it becomes even more important that you go forward with this legislation. Robert Taylor was a beautiful man who died in an uninspected building that probably had only one means of egress for him, which appears to be a per se code violation. Only people like you and State Representative Verga can help deter landlords like these from hurting more innocent people. Your commitment to the human condition implores you to do so.

Please contact me immediately to discuss this.

Very Truly Yours,

_______________________
Christopher King, J.D.




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Christopher King said...

Open letter to Senator Tarr on Robert Taylor's Law.
Friday, August 29, 2008 4:14 PM
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Dear Senator Tarr:

You may not be aware of this, but Ms. Murch wanted the building condemned, and from what I saw in her pictures she had a good argument. Had that happened Robert Taylor would still be with us today.

http://christopher-king.blogspot.com/2008/08/kingcast-open-letter-to-senator-bruce.html

KingCast open letter to Senator Bruce Tarr on Robert Taylor’s law, Barbara Murch and the Lorraine Apartments.

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Dear Senator Tarr:

By way of correction, on review of supplemental documents I see that counsel for Ms. Murch did mention unlawful reprisal per MGL 186 @14 but I am informed that he did not press the issue before the Court.

While that is not your specific area of concern accuracy is paramount in these proceedings.

Thank you for your continued attention in this matter.

Christopher King, J.D.

JP said...

How does on shoot somebody in your state and NEVER be properly patted down during the investigation or searched before being brought into the police station?? i.e, how the hell did Floyd go through the entire investigation process with a potentially deadly device and evidence in his pocket?? In fact, should not his cloths have been taken as evidence??

What if they found Liko's blood on his pants, they would have gone against his statements. We will never know if blood splatter was on his shoes or pants at all as I don't even remember any remarks to his clothing in the investigation even though we knows his shirt had to be covered in blood cause I believe he mentioned using to try to stop Mckay's bleeding.

Christopher King said...

11:04/JP

Yep, a clear cut violation of any homicide protocol for Floyd to make it home with Liko's live round in his pocket.

Senior AG Strelzin and Kelly can hate on me all they want to but they brought this on themselves.

We'll see what the U.S. House has to day.

Peace.

-c

Christopher King said...

PS:

Another violation:

Ruling on the case before the ballistic reports were even back.

They knew they had a stinker on their hands and thought they could bury it.

Most of the major media has helped them by posting SOME of McKay's horrid past and glossing over any potential liability that the town has in this tragedy.

We keep on keepin' on.

It's All Good.