A federal jury awarded $31 million in damages to Vanessa Bryant and co-plaintiff Christopher Chester after discovering Los Angeles County accountable for infringing on the constitutional rights within the helicopter crash in January 2020, based on CNN. As we beforehand reported, the pair sued the Los Angeles County Sheriff and Fireplace Departments over graphic photographs of the helicopter crash that claimed the lives of Kobe, Gianna Bryant, and 7 others.
Baseball coach John Altobelli, his spouse Keri, and daughter Alyssa. Basketball coach Christina Mauser, pilot Ara Zobayan and Christopher’s partner Sara Chester and their daughter Payton additionally misplaced their lives within the crash.
In an emotional two-week trial, a gaggle of 9 federal jurors heard a graphic testimony. The jurors deliberated for roughly three and a half hours earlier than reaching their determination. The deliberations started shortly after an lawyer for Los Angeles County argued that the trial was a “footage case with no footage.” The lawyer famous that the ugly photographs of human stays have by no means been seen by the general public — and even the plaintiffs, Vanessa Bryant and Christopher Chester.
County lawyer Mira Hashmall mentioned within the trial’s closing arguments, “No footage are good. No footage imply no public dissemination… no danger of different individuals making errors.” Vanessa’s lawyer Luis Li emotionally argued the county’s actions in taking such photographs have been reckless and inhumane and brought about emotional misery.
He added, “They poured salt into an unhealable wound, and that’s why we’re all right here in the present day.” The decision couldn’t come on a greater day as August twenty fourth is acknowledged as Kobe Bryant day to honor the Los Angeles Lakers star’s two jersey numbers, 8 and 24. Kobe wore each numbers throughout his NBA profession, and the Lakers have retired. Following the decision, Vanessa took to her social media to share a message.
Our ideas proceed to exit to the complete households of family members concerned on this tragedy.