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Fire-Fighter Jury Deadlocked

Timothy Kincaid

October 6th, 2008

In 2007 four fire-fighters in San Diego were so traumatized by having to ride in a fire engine in the Gay Pride Parade that they had to immediately contact an anti-gay activist law firm and sue the city. And they weren’t looking for just a change in policy, they wanted money money money.

The case has now been argued in court. And although they testified that the crowd was so sexually abusive to them that they rolled up the windows and put on earphones, the paramedic in the ambulance behind them didn’t notice any sexual abuse or anyone approach the fire engine.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting a mistrial:

According to lawyer Charles LiMandri, who represented the firefighters in the suit, the jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the firefighters on the sexual harassment claim.

The jury voted 11-1 to reject the claim of one firefighter that he suffered retaliation for complaining about the parade assignment.

You may recognize LiMandri’s name as he hosted a “Yes on Proposition 8” fundraiser which was protested by Californians Against Hate.



Stefano A
October 6th, 2008 | LINK

Considering that the judge had just allowed the replacement of two alternative jurors for the two that had called in sick, I’m a little surprised that they wanted the jury to declare a deadlock without at least another day of deliberations.

BTW: LiMandri is the West Coast Director for the Thomas More Law Center so it’s not surprising that his name appears on much of the California anti-gay and religious-oriented law suits.

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