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Mistrial in San Diego Firefighter Gay Pride Harassment Suit

A mistrial has been declared after the jury said it was deadlocked in a case brought by four San Diego firefighters suing the city for sexual harassment for being forced to take part in the city's Gay Pride parade:

Firefighterssandiegopride_2"According to lawyer Charles LiMandri, who represented the firefighters in the suit, the jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of the firefighters on the sexual harassment claim. The jury voted 11-1 to reject the claim of one firefighter that he suffered retaliation for complaining about the parade assignment. One juror said she felt the panel could have reached a verdict on the sexual harassment claim if given more time, but City Attorney Mike Aguirre, who was defending the city in the suit, wanted the panel to declare whether it was deadlocked. "

Background
Atty Wants $1 Million Each for SD Firefighters 'Harassed' at Gay Pride [tr]
Judge: Firefighters Case Ready to Go to Jury [tr]
Firefighter Testifies in San Diego Gay Pride Trial [tr]
SD Firefighters Required 'Critical-Incident Stress Debriefing' After Gay Pride Parade [tr]
San Diego Firefighter Gay 'Harassment' Trial Begins [tr]
San Diego Firefighters Claim Threats After Gay Pride Complaint [tr]
San Diego Firefighters Sue Dept for Gay Pride Sexual Harassment [tr]

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  1. This trial was a waste of public time and money.

    Posted by: sexyback | Oct 6, 2008 9:28:39 PM


  2. The bad news is that 8 people believed all the nonsense.

    Posted by: David T | Oct 6, 2008 9:45:47 PM


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    Posted by: Bill | Oct 6, 2008 10:34:08 PM


  4. Not only was this a waste of taxpayer dollars in both the court's and the city's time, it opened the door for a few more sue-happy public servant bigots bring forth new claims. Even with a mistrial, the "preliminary" findings of the jury will have a chilling effect on any municipality considering doing the right thing.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 6, 2008 10:36:31 PM


  5. It was a waste of money. PLus they should not have been forced to participate. If they were there in a security/safety capacity fine but not to march.

    Posted by: ousslander | Oct 7, 2008 7:33:55 AM


  6. "PLus they should not have been forced to participate. If they were there in a security/safety capacity fine but not to march."

    Once again, they didn't march. They were in their fire truck, as they are at ALL public parades in San Diego. There should never have been a trial in the first place.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 7, 2008 9:37:35 AM


  7. Let's hope the plaintiffs don't pursue this further.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 7, 2008 9:55:55 AM


  8. Hopefully the city will do more "sensitivity training" so these supposedly hetro macho men won't be so afraid of themselves and their own sexuality. Bravo to the 4 jurors who acted like responsible adults and said no to these babies and their $$$ greed.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Oct 7, 2008 12:30:32 PM


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