Report: Attorney Receives Death Threats After Sandy Hook Filing

Irving Pinsky says the threats came after he sought permission to file a $100 million lawsuit on behalf of a child survivor's family.


An attorney who wants to sue the state because his client says officials did not do enough to protect the Sandy Hook Elementary School community has reportedly received more than 50 death threats. 

Irving Pinsky, a New Haven-based attorney, told the New Haven Independent that he has received the threats after he filed notice with the state's claims commissioner asking permission to file a $100 million lawsuit on behalf of the family of a 6-year-old survivor. He says the unnamed girl was traumatized after what she heard and witnessed during the school shooting on Dec. 14.

The Independent also states that Pinsky is in the process of withdrawing the filing in order to "calm the divisiveness and tremors," but he reserved all rights to refile based on some "new evidence" he has received.

That decision comes on the heels of a response to Pinsky's claim from state Attorney General George Jepsen, who said, "Although the investigation is still under way, we are aware of no facts or legal theory under which the State of Connecticut should be liable for causing the harms inflicted at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nor does the claim letter filed in this case identify a valid basis to support a claim against the state and, by extension, its taxpayers.”

Pinsky's claim is that the state failed to protect Sandy Hook from "foreseeable harm."

Read the full story about Pinsky's reported death threats here on the New Haven Independent.

Victoria January 03, 2013 at 05:44 PM
This attorney has a lot of nerve. How in the world is it the states fault?!?! I am a Newtown residence & am appalled by this guy. All I think he sees in his eyes are $$$$$$. He just wants $ & to stir up feelings. He's so insensitive.
Patricia January 03, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Yeah-death threats are not the way to handle it, and are not ok...
Janet DeFilio Adams January 04, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Shame on these parents to even think of filing such a lawsuit. Although their child "Jill Doe" was traumatized and should seek therapy for her, they at least get to tuck her in bed, read her a story and thank God they have her to do those things with.
Claudia Cooper January 04, 2013 at 12:35 PM
doesn't matter whether he goes forward or not. The suit is groundless. Can you imagine if the parents of every child at the school filed similar lawsuits. there would be no end to it and the town would be bankrupt. It would also pave the way for lawsuits by anyone who happened to witness a horrific crime. There's no way to guarantee with 100% certainty that nothing bad will happen to you. S*** happens in life, unfortunately.
Aga January 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM
The reason for the law suits are to make the changes! There should be law suits to enforce the changes in schools. The schools are obviously not safe. There were changes made after nine eleven, why we cannot enforce any changes when our children's safety and the teachers are in stake? Why the families cannot sue? I cannot stand news keep manipulating us into thinking that everything is OK and everything should get back to normal - when we have to push our children in front of us and send them to school which is not providing enough security. I send my child telling her - you will be Ok and safe - when it is not truth! I know one of the victims family and she is not sending her child back yet - and I don't blame her! I don't feel comfortable to send my child to school . We should enforce changes! that is the family's personal decision to sue - and they do have a good reason. They better stop harassing and bulling them for the decision they make. Enough counseling and therapy - let's talk about CHANGES! Am I the only one thinking this way?
Rich99 January 04, 2013 at 07:17 PM
@Aga, What changes specifically do you think need to be made? Sandy Hook Elementary was as safe as any school around here. Are you advocating for armed guards at every door, so our kids can attend elementary school in a fortress? I bet some evil person would figure out a way past those defenses if they were so motivated. Life has risk, and that's good and bad. Regardless of any lawsuits, you can be sure the town and the State will be reviewing safety policies and procedures. A lawsuit is not going to improve that process, but interfere with it and use up limited resources.
Rich99 January 04, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Not to be flip here (maybe it's ok to try to lighten the mood around here now?), but did you know they're using lawyers instead of rats for medical laboratory experiments now? Why you ask? Well, first of all, there are many many more lawyers than rats. Secondly, it's a fact that sometimes the lab workers become attached to the rats making it hard to run the experiments. But the main reason is, there are just some things a rat won't do!
Aga January 04, 2013 at 07:30 PM
@Rich99 was your child effected?
leah January 04, 2013 at 09:47 PM
I believe, Aga and the families that want to sue have valid points. If they dont sue, it ll just washed away, and forgotten? The school? was secured? why was the 911 call put thru by a person in the school? why wasnt the alarm triggered if in reality there was a security system in place? Obviously there was faulty equipment? So who is responsible? Some one needs to be accountable? Money talks and makes changes. Kudos Aga, Im with you
Aga January 04, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Rich99 you didn't respond _ I don't want to offend you , if you were effected. But if you weren't , that was my respond - You obviously don't have kids or don't care. But you probably would advice for teachers to have a weapon. You are clearly manipulated by the media. Think!
Aga January 04, 2013 at 10:25 PM
I went to the bank the other day - it had more security than a school. They have a security officer and probably panic buttons. They have a big obnoxious safe to protect the precious money. The kids are more precious and deserve more security. Put it in a budget, make schools more secure! Get the police there, adjust the school.I am willing to pay more taxes for that.
Janet DeFilio Adams January 04, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Aga and Leah, If any school was considered safe, it was Sandy Hook, however NO school is completely safe from a madman with the weapons that this man had. If someone really wants to do the damage that was done at Sandy Hook, even a guard at the door will not stop him. I do believe we have to have stricter gun laws regarding the types that are sold and to whom they are sold to. The school is not to blame. These parents can help to make some changes without suing the town that has already been through so much. They can be advocates for mental health organizations. They can find a support group for themselves and their child, believe me, they are not alone. Aga, you keep talking about these so called ''changes'' you want, but did not suggest one. What are you willing to do??? Leah, this is not just going to get "washed away" nor forgotton.
Aga January 04, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Hello Janet, Just a few suggestions schools should be patrolled by police on a regular bases, install panic buttons like banks, many things can be done, even having security experts come up with ideas. My point is that this will wash away if there is no action taken , and the only action is a law suite. Local governments will not change unless they are forced, law suits brought about many changes , safer cars , safer drugs, in short protection , I hope in this case it can bring safety and protection in our schools.
Janet DeFilio Adams January 05, 2013 at 01:36 AM
Aga, security experts may have some ideas, but in this case, a security button would not have stopped the killings. It all happened so fast. I think some of the horrific video games that some of the young people are playing should be banned. They spend so many hours on them just killing people that I believe they get caught up in them and can't seperate it from reality, but I don't really see them being banned, that is just a pipe dream of mine. In any case, I just wonder if this law suit is brought against the town and is won, which I can't see happening, what will they do with the money they receive??? No amount of money is going to change what their child and all of the other children saw and heard. This is a living nightmare at it's worse...
Rich99 January 05, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Aga, You didn't answer my question to you, but I'll answer yours to me. Sorry for the delay. I work for a living and don't have time to hang out on the Patch all day. My child went to Sandy Hook Elem a few years ago, but is now in a higher grade. I live and work in Sandy Hook and was personally witness to much of what went on that morning and ensuing days, and more directly affected than I care to share with you or here. So what's your point? (Don't bother answering, I really don't care.) I have kids, and I care very much about our community and our children, so your assumptions below are baseless, as is your conclusion that I would want the teachers armed. That's the last thing I'd want. Manipulated by the media? Aga, best to not say anything more than to reveal how ignorant you truly are about this topic. I won't even correct your spelling above. Let's just end our "discussion" here then, ok?
Aga January 05, 2013 at 02:12 AM
Hello Janet, I agree with you about the video games , but that is also something that can be regulated , Children for example should not be playing violent video games. I think the suit is more about change and responsibility rather than money. Aga
P Celtic January 05, 2013 at 02:40 PM
When was a child ever safe from a crazy person? Read about the Bath, MI school on 1927. Though there is no way to do it, the way to end this recent jump in school attacks is to get the media to pay ALOT less attention to it. There is a reason sport events stop televising or even mentioning streakers, and guess what - streaking at sporting events has almost completely stopped. We all talk and talk about it - where do you think Lanza got the idea?
P Celtic January 05, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Mine was right across the hall from the incident. No one is ever safe from random acts of the very crazy. People have been pushed into oncoming subway cars by them. What to we do - put up huge gates around train platforms? Practicality has always been a part of life - you would not want to live in a world where you were completely safe. If you have armed guards at every school the gaurds will, thankfully, be falling asleep with nothing to do. Also - do you want most of the security guards you have met to be armed - be honest? Anyone you would want to arm would not be cheap...
Sola January 05, 2013 at 06:40 PM
More than one poster has made reference to a law suit against the town. It hasn't reached that point yet. Pinsky was seeking permission from the state to sue the state.
FJT January 06, 2013 at 04:45 AM
"...seeking permission from the state to sue the state." Which country am I living in? Does anyone detect just a little bit of conflict-of-interest there?
FJT January 06, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Leah wrote: "Why wasnt the alarm triggered if in reality there was a security system in place?" If a door or window is forced open or broken, it should definitely trigger an alarm, IF the system is functional. You posed some good questions that should definitely be answered. That said, the size of the proposed lawsuit strikes me as very excessive.


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