A northern Indiana man has filed a lawsuit blaming the U.S. government for his wife’s suicide three days after Internal Revenue Service agents raided their home, saying she couldn’t go on living in fear of the agency’s trumped-up accusations.
“Being innocent is simply not enough for the government,” Denise Simon, a 50-year-old mother of six, wrote in a suicide note posted on a memorial Web site set up by her widower.
James Simon, 57, sued the government in February, accusing the government of intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence in obtaining and executing a search warrant, trespass, invasion of privacy and wrongful death. His lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. A similar lawsuit was filed earlier against IRS agents involved in the raid.
Court documents say Denise Simon and the couple’s 10-year-old daughter were the only ones home when about 10 armed IRS agents in bulletproof vests raided the Simons’ Fort Wayne home at about 7 a.m. on Nov. 6, 2007.
In the court documents filed Tuesday, government attorneys denied the allegations and insisted the search warrant was valid. They said Denise Simon’s death was “voluntary and self-inflicted.”
Of course, that ignores the fact that if the IR-SS hadn’t smashed through the door with their jackboots and their battering rams, thus terrifying the poor woman out of her mind, she probably wouldn’t have been pushed over the edge and driven to suicide.