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Dodgers lawyer says Bryan Stow may share blame for beating

October 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
An attorney representing the Dodgers says Bryan Stow himself shares some of the blame for the beating on opening day.

Lawyer Jerome Jackson filed a cross-complaint last week against Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez, the two men charged in the opening day beating of Stow.

Jackson argues they should be held liable for the March 31 attack on Stow, not team owner Frank McCourt, the team or other parties named in a civil lawsuit filed by Stow's family nearly six months ago.

Jackson also predicted that if the case goes to trial, jurors could decide that Stow himself shares some of the blame.

"I've been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet which it didn't take at least two people to tango," Jackson told ESPNLosAngeles.com.

"One of the things the jury will be asked to do is to determine what percentage of fault various individuals have for this event," Jackson told the website. "You're saying to the jury, 'They (the Stow family) are saying we're 100 percent liable. But does that mean Norwood and Sanchez who beat this guy up, have no liability? And does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?"'

The suit on behalf of Stow claims there wasn't enough security on opening day at the stadium, preventing Stow from getting adequate protection.

Jackson said he is surprised the suspects are not named in the lawsuit.

"I have never seen security at a higher level on opening day 2011," Jackson said. "I know it was not the Dodgers who beat up Mr. Stow."

Asked why the suspects are not named in the civil lawsuit, Stow's attorney, Thomas Girardi, said, "the focus of the case is this: you go to a baseball game, you take your wife, you take your children, you take the guy next door. It's supposed to be safe. This place is a mess."

Bryan Stow's attorney is seeking upwards of $50 million in damages against the Dodgers, McCourt and associated entities named in the civil lawsuit.

Stow was left in a coma for several months following the beating. He is undergoing rehab in the Bay Area.

Both Norwood and Sanchez have pleaded not guilty to one count each of mayhem, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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