New York Daily News

August 22, 2011


'Son of Sam' law likely will prevent cop killer Lee Woods from getting one cent from lawsuit


    Patrick Lynch ran un-opposed for his seat as president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Rob Bennet for News
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  Officer Russel Timoshenko    
    Lee Woods (above right) is
    serving life in prison for the
    murder of Officer Russel
    Timoshenko (at left).

Cop killer Lee Woods likely won't see a dime even if he wins his case this week against the city and five Rikers Island guards he says beat him up.

Woods, serving a life-plus-40-year term for the fatal shooting of Officer Russel Timoshenko, claims he was brutally beaten in jail while awaiting trial.

The "Son of Sam" law, which prevents criminals from profiting from their crimes, likely would prevent him from getting anything a Manhattan federal jury might award.

"Lee Woods is a cold-blooded cop killer who should never benefit financially from his crime or incarceration," said Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch. "Should he be awarded any damages in his suit against the Department of Correction, its officers and the city ... this union will take immediate action under the 'Son of Sam' law."

The case is similar to that of Abdul Majid, a cop killer formerly known as Anthony LaBorde who won a $15,000 settlement for claims he'd been beaten in prison by guards. Instead, in 2006, the estate of slain NYPD cop John Scarangella and his wounded partner won a judgment against Majid.

Woods was arrested shortly after Timoshenko was murdered and his partner, Officer Herman Yan, was wounded on a Brooklyn street in July 2007.

He was eventually convicted of the murder, along with pal Dexter Bostic. Last week, Woods told jurors in Manhattan Federal Court that three months after his arrest, Rikers guards beat him up, leaving him with a permanent eye injury.

His suit has outraged Timoshenko's mother, Tatyana, who called Woods' case "disgusting."

The civil trial before Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein is expected to wrap up this week, with the jury of five men and three women getting the case as early as tomorrow.

With John Marzulli