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Injured Giants fan attends trial as it nears end



LOS ANGELES (AP) - A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating in a Dodger Stadium parking lot sat front and center Wednesday in a courtroom as testimony wrapped up in a negligence lawsuit against the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt.

Plaintiff Bryan Stow was brought to court in a wheelchair as jurors listened to a recorded deposition by a security expert.

However, Stow was quickly hustled into a hallway when defense lawyers showed a video of the two men who went to prison for beating him.

Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who pleaded guilty in the assault, were seen on camera in Los Angeles County jail invoking their Fifth Amendment right not to testify. They refused even to say their names.

Stow's lawyer, Tom Girardi, said outside court that he did not want to risk upsetting his client with the video of his assailants, even though he said the former paramedic has no memory of the events. He said he has had to explain to Stow why he is sitting in court.

The 45-year-old Stow had made a brief appearance in court during jury selection. On Wednesday, he stayed most of the day. With his hair cropped close to his head, jurors could see deep scars where his skull had been temporarily removed during medical treatment.

Stow suffered severe brain damage in the attack by the two Dodgers fans after the 2011 Opening Day game between the California rivals.

The last defense witness was Ramon Mayterena, a former vice president of Dodgers security, who lives out of state and gave his testimony on videotape. He said he was hired after multiple interviews, including one by Jamie McCourt, then the wife of Frank McCourt.

"Mrs. McCourt expressed concern about fights in the stadium," Mayterena testified.

He said he was hired because the team lacked anyone with background in handling security for such a large venue. A former U.S. Secret Service agent, Mayterena said he had handled security for presidential trips.

On the videotaped cross-examination, he said the Dodgers' bureaucratic hierarchy was in disarray and the people who hired him were soon gone and replaced by people with even less security experience.

There were disputes over whether to place uniformed Los Angeles police officers in the stadium, he said, because "a lot of fans had had run-ins with the police."

Many of those fans had tattoos and appeared to be gang members, he said, adding that the arrival of police in uniform at the scene of any dispute would exacerbate the situation.

Attorneys for Stow claim too many security officers merely wore shirts saying "police," which did not carry the authority necessary to discourage fights and rowdy behavior.

Outside court, Stow chatted amiably with family members. Girardi confirmed that he had recently suffered another of the strokes that have beset him since the attack.

Still, the lawyer said Stow was "coming back to where he was" and added, "it was good to see him smile."

Attorneys were due to deliver final arguments on Thursday. The plaintiffs are seeking about $50 million for Stow's lifetime care.

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joakfan1 June 25 2014 at 11:31 PM

it is the fault of the scum bags who should stay in jail. it is sad that you can't even attend a game and support your team by wearing their uniform or hat. there is no place for trash like that. i don't even care if they where drunk. stay home and drink, don't ruin a good time for others.

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roseyoungstewart joakfan1 June 26 2014 at 12:42 AM

ho hum THAT"S exactly what the former owners wife said was going to happen when she hired the security guy. its right there in Black & White read it.

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GOOD MORNING TOM joakfan1 June 26 2014 at 11:31 AM

DRUNK? OR NOT THEY KNEW ENOUGH TO VENT THEIR HATE FOR THIS MAN BY BEATING HIM TO A PULP THE ONLY JUSTICE I SEE HERE IS HAND THEM OVER TO HIS FAMILY AND HOPE THEY MAKE THEM SUFFER FOR A WHILE THEN KILL THEM NO MERCY NO PLEA BARGAINS ALSO GOOD LUCK MR STOW I HOPE YOU GET THE FULL AMOUNT YOU DESERVEIT FOR YOUR SUFFERING AND THE LOSS OF YOUR POTENTIAL IN THE YEARS AHEAD

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clayt is sexy June 25 2014 at 11:22 PM

This isn't the fault of the Dodgers organization. The two bad guys went to jail - sue them.

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briock June 25 2014 at 11:39 PM

I quit going to Dodger games 4 years ago because they had turned into nothing but drunk and violent Hispanics brawling in the stands. The last game there were 7 fights. In one fight two Hispanics tumbled down 20 rows of seats fighting all the way. Took so-called security another 5 minutes to show up. Ridiculous. Same reason I quit attending Raiders games when they were in LA.

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hobbs74 June 25 2014 at 11:33 PM

When 25% of your attendance is comprised of drinking gang bangers or wanna be gang bangers, you'd better beef up your security especially during a Giants game. I hope Stow gets every penny.

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desantis191 June 25 2014 at 11:33 PM

He is suing the Dodgers because they had empty suits for security, t-shirts that said police, but were not trained or had any authority to anything. The Dodgers should have settled with him before trial.

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roseyoungstewart desantis191 June 26 2014 at 12:44 AM

why should they? for maybe 3 million? the guy is still young he will live till 80 or so he will require a lot of home health nursing maybe even ventilator and chest percussions and even a defibrillator someday along the line. his attorney held out.

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JoBeth June 26 2014 at 12:17 AM

I'm not sure why this poor man was beaten. Was there a confrontation or just what caused this situation.
If it was in the Dodger Stadium's parking lot then it is indeed the fault of the organization. They know there can be a problem and there should be police patrol's there to stop it.

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lv2hnt June 26 2014 at 1:23 AM

They pay more than that for a first basemen. When you go to a venue like the ball field you have a right to be safe. The Dodgers did not provide a safe enviroment!

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GamblingMan June 26 2014 at 1:46 AM

I'm a big Dodger fan...but i'll admit i'll come to the games with a few partners because i know that there's a chance that things might go down. It makes me sad that some LA fans have to get all rowdy and beat down fans of other teams. It's cool to smack talk and woof on each other but not to the point of cussing and vulgarities and beat downs. I hope Stow gets a big settlement...the Dodger security has been lame for years. The Dodgers attract a lot of homeboy, ghetto, gangbanger crowd...The same crowd that loves the Raiders and they will piss on you and show you no respect...if you wear another teams jersey or hat.

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anandaone GamblingMan June 26 2014 at 7:52 AM

Racist much?

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gbmesserrivaux anandaone June 26 2014 at 8:50 AM

How can telling it like it is be racist ? Just what do you call a black or Mexican idiot in a gang ? Gentelmen of a different persuasian who have a difference of opinion in civility than those of a another persuasian ? If you cannot accept the facts, please dont talk the double talk to avoid them. You liberal types try so hard to be so politically correct that you have not only become dislusional but blind ! If someone doesnt agree with your racist views, then THEY must be racist and not YOU, right ? And no one cares what race the president is, only Obama, who uses it as an excuse when challenged on his agenda. Everyone can clearly see how his view has damaged your liberal view of just how real life is played out. Racism to you is THE only answer to everything you disagree with.

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Poof face June 26 2014 at 12:21 AM

I hope those two "gang members" get the chair, Typical Dodger fans suck.

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BoB June 26 2014 at 1:40 AM

And after he wins some money, God will swoop down and cure him so he can spend the money on a beach far, far away. And his lawyer will stand and yell it is a miracle!

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fine7760 BoB June 26 2014 at 4:51 AM

This guy was severely injured because the Dodgers were to cheap to employ adequate well trained security. The Dodger organization went out of their way to encourage low life gang members to attend their games. It seems kind of ironic that fans who attend the Kings games, probably the most violent professional sport, don't riot and just have a good time. If the L. A. P. D. or L.A.S.D. were needed to keep the peace then the Dodger organization should have paid the city or county to do so.

Penny Wise and Pound Foolish my grandmother used to say.

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