Attorneys for the Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt have challenged the lawsuit brought by the family of brutally beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the attorneys are trying to limit the scope of the suit by arguing Stow’s children should not be eligible for damages as a result of their father’s Dodger Stadium parking lot assault, which has left the 42-year-old Santa Cruz man hospitalized in a coma for more than four months.
The family is arguing that the children will suffer severe loss as a result of growing up without an able-bodied father.
The Dodgers attorneys also argued that the lawsuit’s mention of free-flowing beer at the stadium is irrelevant to the case and they want descriptions of the attack as “brutal and vicious” to be removed. The suit was filed in May and blamed the aging stadium’s dim lighting and lax security for creating the conditions that led to the attack.
The lawsuit takes McCourt to task by saying that his lavish lifestyle - detailed in divorce proceedings with his wife - go to show that he had little concern for the quality or safety of the stadium. The team has faltered on and off the field this season, with bankruptcy proceedings under way and stadium attendance significantly down.
Two men were arrested last month in connection with the beating and an earlier suspect was exonerated soon thereafter.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck insisted that 31-year-old convicted felon Giovanni Ramirez was their man, including in a press conference outside Dodger Stadium. Now, police say Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 29, were the ones who attacked Stow. They were arrested last month at their homes on the same street in Rialto, just west of San Bernardino.
Dorene Sanchez, sister of Louie Sanchez and girlfriend of Norwood, also was arrested last month for her alleged role in driving the two men away from the scene of the beating, but Los Angeles prosecutors have no plans to file charges against her.
A hearing for the Stow family’s lawsuit proceedings is scheduled for Sept. 30.
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