A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by a Missouri bank robber nearing the end of his sentence at a Massachusetts facility that demanded Gov. Baker ensure Logan Airport has at least 500 cots - and a commensurate number of portable toilets - on hand for possible weather-related delays this winter.
In her ruling, Judge Indira Talwani said Joseph W. Jean-Louis - due for release on Dec. 22 from the Devens Federal Medical Center - lacked "standing" to even bring the suit:
He failed to allege any direct personal injury to himself, or how he was injured in a manner apart from other citizens. His challenge is essentially a statement of dissatisfaction with various actions, or inactions, taken by the defendants. Thus, this action will be dismissed for lacking an arguable basis in law.
Louis was convicted for a 2007 bank robbery in Springfield, MO, in which he demanded money while chomping on a half-smoked cigar.
In his suit, which he filed by himself in US District Court in Boston in October, Jean-Louis also demanded Mayor Walsh go on TV to
[A]dvertise its citizen to have enough canned goods to feed their family’s for ninety days without going to the supermarket and for its citizens to stock-pile stock-pile stockpile [sic] drinking water.