Man's suit against Sandusky Library falls flat

The U.S. Supreme Court has written the final chapter in a long-running legal saga involving the Sandusky Library and an unhappy patron. Spoiler alert: the library wins.
Tom Jackson
Apr 7, 2012

 

The U.S. Supreme Court has written the final chapter in a long-running legal saga involving the Sandusky Library and an unhappy patron. Spoiler alert: the library wins.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case filed by James Pietrangelo II, effectively ending his lawsuit.

Pietrangelo's bad day at the library came on Oct. 28, 2009, when he confronted library staff about the behavior of other patrons, whom he accused of being too noisy.

Library staff eventually asked Pietrangelo to leave, and police escorted him from the premises.

He sued the library in federal court, alleging “wrongful ejectment, conversion, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false arrest and breach of contract.”

For more on the story, pick up Saturday's Register.

 

Comments

transplant

I agree with Mr. Pietrangelo.  Many times I have been in the library as other patrons were talking loudly and allowing children to run and play.  Libraries are supposed to be quiet, yet there are no quiet signs anywhere.  I once asked a staff member about it and she just shrugged it off.    I don't go there anymore for peaceful reading or studying.

The Big Dog's back

 pete, was that you?

FruGalSpender

"I agree with Mr. Pietrangelo. Many times I have been in the library as other patrons were talking loudly and allowing children to run and play. Libraries are supposed to be quiet, yet there are no quiet signs anywhere." i agree. at times the sandusky library is a romper room or day care center for kids and teens. some are adult creeps. pietrangelo may want to set up a attorney business in sandusky. we need some honest attorneys in the area not afraid to put up a good fight.

FruGalSpender

i am currrently looking for a honest attorney. doesn't matter to me if you are straight or gay. honest attorneys are so very rare.

Whoopball

 What the heck does straight or gay have to do with anything?

Taxed Enough Already

 LOL do you know how many cases are asked to be heard by the U S Supreme Court and how many are given the nod? Over 10,000 cases annually are filed and the court hears between 75 and 80.   It's a joke he even took it that far.  There is criteria to be met and one is it needs intrepretation of the Constitiution. What part of the Constitution was in question here?  I would be so embarrassed to have my name published in the paper for such utter nonsense.

FruGalSpender

"What the heck does straight or gay have to do with anything? " so very true. how much time is devoted to sex in a average persons day" 24 hours is a day. 1% to 3%? maybe? who cares?

FruGalSpender

"What part of the Constitution was in question here?"  that all men and women are created equal?

FruGalSpender

"Over 10,000 cases annually are filed and the court hears between 75 and 80"   so sad that most are swept under the rug and long forgot about.  so sad!

Taxed Enough Already

 FruGal all you have to do is file and see if your case would be heard.  They are not swept under the rug.  How in the world could the USSC be expected to hear every case that is filed.  The lower courts have repeatedly nixed this guys requests and yet he keeps taking it forward...it's a joke.

Taxed Enough Already

duplicate

FruGalSpender

triplicate

starryeyes83

Signs only help  IF people know how  read and abide by them.   Nowadays, people don't seem to care.     

Parents don't seem to care that much , either, hence the cancellation of a few Easter Egg Hunts  around the country. 

wiredmama222

Are you people kidding?  Honest and attorney in the same sentence is mostly an oxymoron.  I don't know that there are any more of them left in this country....not really!!!!!  

If any of you do find one, please let me know as I have yet to locate one that is HONEST, TRUST WORTHY, AND DOES EXACTLY AS THEY PROMISE THEY WILL.  No, I was NOT looking for a boy scout when I hired one. 

As for the library, you have to realize this is the 21st century.  Back in the "day' when people actually gave a crap about the other guy, the libarry was a place of quiet and medidation, where one could go to read and think.  Now it is NOT that way.  It is a free for all where people gather to do just as they always do....anything they GD please.    So for those of you out there who think otherwise, make like a tomato and "catch up".  The days of a quiet place with respect for others is over.  It no longer exists.  It went the way of respect like the churches, waiting in line, being respectful to your elders, holding doors for ladies, BEING a lady, BEING a gentlemen, and not breaking wind  in an eleveator. 

So please do not complain to the librarian.  She can't do anything about it either.  Besides, she wears earplugs she she doesn't go deaf from all the noise.  And I don't blame her. 

DGMutley

You all are missing it.  You need to read the Saturday edition!

trafficman

wiredmama...Breaking wind in an elevator.... still laughing my butt off..Thank you!

 

EZOB

wiredmama,

      If being honest were a prerequisite for being a lawyer there would be very few lawyers.  Those that are able to tell a lie while smiling and can get you to smile back usually become politicians.  My favorite place to pass wind is in the courthouse elevator.  Very few people really notice because the whole place has a very putrid smell all the time.

origen

@wired

Have faith there will be a backlash and maybe the younger folks will find it stylish to open doors, say bless you and tip thier hats a women pass. It could happen and i pray that it does.

trafficman

Id be satisfied if the younger people would just pull their pants up and wear a belt!

origen

@trafficman

 Second that!!

FruGalSpender

"not breaking wind in an eleveator."  that is funny. almost always it is a man breaking wind and being proud of it. you can be sued for breaking wind in public. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9fKdZiUneU&feature=relmfu

origen

Actually its a Carnigie library so screw you 99%ers !!!

The Big Dog's back

 Are you going to pack up your toys and go home now?

origen

@big dog

When you learn to play with the big dogs let me know LOL!!

Julie R.

I have to agree about the Sandusky library and all the noise. Try going to the Huron library and see what a big difference there is compared to the one in Sandusky. The Sandusky library even allows cell phones --- at least it did a couple of years ago, anyway. I got the impression from the few times I was there that the employees were afraid to say anything. I haven't been back since.

FruGalSpender

Captain Gutz

frugal,

 

Is that the staff?

Good Neighbor

Amazing how the subject goes from what the article is actually about and jumps to a discussion about lawyers...lets be realistic here, in no time at all there won't even be libraries to go to seeing how technology has it so you can download books to computers, ipads & kindles etc. So instead of complaining about how loud people are in a PUBLIC place just stay home and read your books...i swear some people just need something to complain about...there are much worse problems in the world than how quiet the library should be. Maybe start working on how people speak and treat one another, ADULTS included.

 

Captain Gutz

Good Neighbor,

This entire story is about "how people speak and treat one another".The guy became agitated when the library staff refused to attempt to control the barbarians.

Good Neighbor

not to be rude but please re-read the first sentence of my comment, I was referring to the comment section and not the article itself. As for the staff not controlling the "barbarians" well, I can honestly say with what is on the news, internet and newspapers I myself would be a little fearfull of what the outcome would be. It all stems from the way kids are raised (or not) in this day and age...if they learned respect and rules at home then maybe they would be more likely to follow that in public. Seem somehow along the way kids were given the upper hand. You can't discipline your child without threats of them calling child services, the police, or worse them threatening you personally. bottom line...respect is learned and earned and if a parent can't teach there children how to be respectful it shouldn't be up to the rest of society to teach them.

NineMM

Ain't this the same stinker that cuffed himself to the White House fence while in uniform?

asweetnessabove

 Ok. I have to agree with the statement it's how kids are raised these days or not. I am 24 yrs old and I learned at a very young age, manners, golden rule, respect, how to treat your elders etc. my daughter will learn the same. We have so many parents who want to be friends with their kids instead of being a parent to their kid. My daughter tells me when I discipline her "you're not my friend!) I tell her "you know it. I'm mother! And you will respect me and listen"

I think the elders of our society should conjure up parenting classes. I don't know everything about being a parent. I would go to those classes just to learn some new parenting techniques. 

Parents these days need to stick to their guns, tell your kid NO every now and again. Who cares if it hurts their feelings because it's something they really want. If they really want it, they need to earn it.

Sorry I know, off topic. Too bad this guys case didn't go all the way. Maybe he should protest in front of the library?

DGMutley

He got ejected from the library because of the way he acted.  If I remember right he disagreed with the librarian as to who was the boss, her or him.  I guess we can see who won.