McCourt attorney says Bryan Stow could share liability in attack

'Duk
October 27, 2011

Think that even Frank McCourt and his lawyers would be above pointing fingers at a man who has spent the last six months fighting his way out of a coma?

Think again. In an interview with ESPN Los Angeles, McCourt attorney Jerome Jackson didn't hesitate to say that Bryan Stow may bear some liability in the opening day attack at Dodger Stadium that left him severely injured. The comments came just as McCourt, the Los Angeles Dodgers owner, filed a civil complaint against the two men accused of beating Stow. McCourt's camp is arguing that Marvin Norwood and Louis Sanchez — and not McCourt or the Dodgers — bear the liability in the beating.

The attempt to deflect legal liability is an expected strategy. The Stow family is McCourt's largest unsecured creditor and is seeking millions of dollars in a lawsuit alleging that the Dodgers did not provide adequate security in the Dodger Stadium parking lot.

What wasn't expected was the McCourt camp making such a callous charge right out of the gate. But Jackson seems hell-bent on spreading the blame around, even if that includes a man who was attacked from behind and was beaten so badly he can't yet speak for himself.

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"You're saying to the jury, 'They (the Stow family) are saying we're 100 percent liable," Jackson said. "But does that mean (Marvin) Norwood and (Louis) Sanchez, who beat this guy up, have no liability? And, does it mean Mr. Stow himself has no liability?'" [...]

"I've been doing these cases for 23 years and I have never seen one yet in which it didn't take at least two people to tango," he said, referring to the notion that jurors could decide Stow bears some liability in the attack. "So stay tuned and stand by."'

Jackson said he feels bad for Stow and points out that the Dodgers have held fundraisers for his medical care and helped police solve the crime. But he hastens to add "that doesn't mean we're legally responsible for what happens here."

That's all fine and good. No one facing a lawsuit that could add up to $50 million is going to willingly stand up and take the blame, especially when you're in the state of financial duress that Frank McCourt faces. But it goes without saying that blaming Bryan Stow while trying to wriggle out of it is all sorts of rotten.