Stadium Assault Trial Against Former Dodgers Owner Scheduled for May

The lawsuit is against Frank McCourt, which attributes insufficient security as the cause of an attack on him by two home team fans in the Dodger Stad

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This incident involving the assault of a Giants fan in the parking lot that left the fan brain damaged and in need of permanent long term care is a shameful display of “unsportsmanlike conduct” by the two culprits.  The question becomes whether it was also due to inadequate security on the part of the then Dodger owner, Frank McCourt.  Apparently, his wife (a prior team owner and in the management team at the time) recommended additional security personnel be hired prior to the incident, however, McCourt felt it was too costly.  The trial brief for the defense contends that they had a “higher ratio of security personnel to fans” than would have been the case comparing total police to total population of Los Angeles.  I’m not sure the jury will buy off on this argument as L.A. has one of the lowest police to population ratios of any major metropolitan area in the U.S. The plaintiff contends that the security (especially in the parking lot) was not adequately staffed and this was a substantial factor in the battery committed upon the plaintiff. It will be interesting to see how this trial plays out at the trial now scheduled for May, 2014.

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