Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in a case that started with a murder in April, 2017.
Christian Rodgers, 26, was found in the backyard of a property in Millville, New Jersey on April 9. He was already dead, according to authorities, who say he was shot while walking down the street that afternoon.
Jules Black was later arrested for the murder, and his charges included unlawful possession of a weapon.
According to the lawsuit, Chapman’s alleges that Black was able to murder Rodgers because of Gov. Christie’s “Bail Reform” initiative.
In a press release, Chapman explained the lawsuit:
“I wanted to help support the Rodgers family and to send a message to Gov. Chris Christie that law enforcement professionals like myself from across the country think he should be ashamed of himself for ignoring our advice and passing the dangerous, fake reform that I believe led to the tragic murder of Christian Rodgers. Christie should be ashamed of himself. The Governor needs to know that the eyes of every American who loves their family and wants to preserve law and order are on him right now.”
This is Christian Rodgers of Millville. Police say a man released 3 days before, killed him. Now his family is suing the AG & Governor pic.twitter.com/PYukqUugry
— Katie Kyros (@KatieKyros) July 31, 2017
Christie’s Bail Reform Initiative from August 2014 offers pre-trial release to poor defendants who can’t afford bail. Democrats and Republicans worked together in the state to pass the measure, and Democrats enthusiastically thanked Christie.
“We actually did something that makes a difference of the lives of people in the state of New Jersey. So governor, thank you,” said Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney at the time.
Chapman filed the wrongful death lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Perhaps the mounting pressure from lawsuits and negative media is getting to Christie. On Sunday, the battered governor had a run-in with a baseball fan during a Cubs/Brewers game in Milwaukee. The man was heckling Christie when the governor reacted, literally getting in the man’s face.
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