Private Bills: The Gravy Road
Dorothy Kilmer waited on the street corner for her fiancé. Absorbed, she did not notice the commotion down the street. Suddenly a shot punctured the evening air. Kilmer never met her fiancé that evening, for the shot, fired by a District of Columbia policeman, severed her spinal cord and paralyzed her. The District of Columbia refused to compensate her, arguing that the policeman had been off duty at the time of the incident.
Sondra D. Shaw opened her mail one morning and found a demand from the Internal Revenue Service for $12,608.73 in back taxes. It was the final outrage in a string of calamities.____________________