Pa. juror faints, parties settle grisly case

A juror fainted while listening to grisly medical details in a Philadelphia courtroom, forcing a trial delay that produced a quick $10 million settlement.

A juror fainted while listening to grisly medical details in a Philadelphia courtroom, forcing a trial delay that produced a quick $10 million settlement.

Lawyer Robert Mongeluzzi was 20 minutes into his opening statement Monday when Juror No. 1 pitched backward and passed out, The Legal Intelligencer ( reported in Thursday's edition.

Mongeluzzi was describing how a traffic accident left client Gary Pettet with rotting flesh and bone after 12 surgeries. Doctors ultimately had to amputate his leg.

Medics checked on the juror, who was fine and mostly suffering from embarrassment, defense lawyer Jack Snyder said. He and Mongeluzzi used the stoppage to resume settlement talks, but he said the fainting woman had no effect on his client's position.

The defendant, the Port Authority Transit Corp. commuter rail line, had admitted before trial that its truck driver was liable for the collision, Snyder said. A bridge security video shows PATCO driver Stephen Cassidy running a red light before the crash.

Pettet, a 55-year-old cement mason from Berlin, N.J., had been on his way to work on July 3, 2007, and had just crossed a bridge into Philadelphia when he was struck by the PATCO truck and shoved into a median strip. His right ankle was shattered and he broke several bones in his leg.

In his opening, Mongeluzzi described a debriding procedure that doctors performed to try to rid the leg of a serious infection. The doctors "cut the infected, rotting flesh out of his ankle. And that includes his skin, that includes the subcutaneous muscle, and that includes dead, rotting, infected bone," Mongeluzzi explained.

Co-counsel Andrew Duffy noticed the juror, a teacher from the city's Chestnut Hill neighborhood, wincing before she passed out.

Snyder, though, isn't convinced she fainted because of the subject matter. The uncomfortably hot courtroom temperature could be to blame, he said.

Mongeluzzi said the settlement figure is twice what PATCO offered his client before trial.

But Snyder says the two sides had reduced the gap between them to about $4 million — with PATCO offering $8.5 million and Mongeluzzi seeking $12.5 million — when they agreed to meet near the middle.

"I've been around a long time, so I think I've pretty much seen everything," Snyder told The Associated Press on Thursday. "This just adds to it."


Information from: The Legal Intelligencer,

In Other News

fake money

Keywords clouds text link

 máy sấy   thịt bò mỹ  thành lập doanh nghiệp
Visunhomegương trang trí  nội thất  cửa kính cường lực   lắp camera Song Phát thiết kế nhà 

Our PBN System:  thiết kế nhà xưởng thiết kế nội thất thiết kế nhà tem chống giả ban nhạ  ốp lưngGiường ngủ triệu gia  Ku bet ku casino buy fake money máy sấy buồn sấy lạnh

mặt nạ  mặt nạ ngủ  Mặt nạ môi mặt nạ bùn mặt nạ kem mặt nạ bột mặt nạ tẩy tế bào chết  mặt nạ đất sét mặt nạ giấy mặt nạ dưỡng mặt nạ đắp mặt  mặt nạ trị mụn
mặt nạ tế bào gốc mặt nạ trị nám tem chống giả  công ty tổ chức sự kiện tổ chức sự kiện
Ku bet ku casino
Sâm tươi hàn quốc trần thạch cao trần thạch cao đẹp

suất ăn công nghiệpcung cấp suất ăn công nghiệp

© 2020 US News. All Rights Reserved.