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Old 06-13-2012, 10:18 AM
 
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Even lawyers hungry for publicity and money won't take the case? May tell you something.
Unfortunately attorneys don't have signs on their offices that scream "hungry for publicity and money!". The ones we've spoken to so far have said that there isn't enough money in it.
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You could contact specific columnists, etc. whom you think might be sympathetic (rather than just the main address, etc. for a media outlet), but do try to be much more concise than in your OP, and offer to give full details. Put you objective in the first paragraph. Understand media outlets get letters like this all the time. Is there a Russian cultural organization in the area? Or maybe a scholar at a Russian studies department of a university.
Yeah, brevity ended up not being one of my strongest suits, eh?.. Will think about it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:03 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Sorry to hear about your troubles ... I would definitely think about making a claim but think about the following:

- Chimineas is actually 3 blocks from Etiwanda, not 1. The DDA might've been hard-pressed to believe that your father drove 3 blocks before realizing there's noone in the backseat.
- Your father could've turned down the very first street he came to (Nestle Ave) get the car to safety. Even if the victim wasn't in the car, she could've seen that your father pulled over and not freaked out.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:57 PM
 
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Sorry to hear about your troubles ... I would definitely think about making a claim but think about the following:

- Chimineas is actually 3 blocks from Etiwanda, not 1. The DDA might've been hard-pressed to believe that your father drove 3 blocks before realizing there's noone in the backseat.
- Your father could've turned down the very first street he came to (Nestle Ave) get the car to safety. Even if the victim wasn't in the car, she could've seen that your father pulled over and not freaked out.
Could have done many things, of course. Could have kept on walking. Could have just called 911 or asked a passer-by for help instead of being the hero (as I kept telling him on and on afterwards). The cops had actually claimed he drove something like half a mile away when in reality it was less than a third that distance. She had told him that she wanted to go left (on Ventura), so he just looked for the first available parking spot on the Blvd. There's a lot of red curb before Chimineas (a bus stop on Nestle, etc), so given those constraints he really did stop at the first available opportunity. She had also claimed that she waited for five minutes for him to come back. Also not true as it took him less than three to drive (we timed it ourselves, 20 seconds absolute max with the turn), realize there's nobody in the backseat and run back to Etiwanda where he didn't find anyone. She lives in the retirement community on Etiwanda/Ventura - so she just immediately ran home.

The only case one attorney has told us we might have is against her. I am not 100% sure of it as I would venture so far as to say that the police/DA's office were extremely careless and negligent with the details of this case.

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:59 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Typical overzealous DDA, then.
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:17 AM
 
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Typical overzealous DDA, then.
Yep. She is the one I'd want to get at the most (along with the moron judge), but how?
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Old 06-14-2012, 03:28 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County, CA
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Sad story - wish I could help.

Lesson? NEVER call the cops - under ANY cicumstances. They are not your friends.
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Old 06-14-2012, 06:28 AM
 
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Sad story - wish I could help.

Lesson? NEVER call the cops - under ANY cicumstances. They are not your friends.
I wouldn't go quite that far. If my dad had just left the car there and went home, I am sure it would all had ended up being much worse. The real lesson here, unfortunately, is that calling the cops is the ONLY thing you should ever do instead of trying to fix whatever problem yourself. Or, quite honestly, if you can't speak English, just mind your own business. Socialist mentality (my father spent 1938-1999 in Soviet Union and Russia) unfortunately doesn't fly in our sue-happy nation.
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Old 06-14-2012, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Whittier
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From an outsider looking in if you were to tell me there were two seniors and a misunderstanding I'd assume (given there were no prior records for either) it would be because they were seniors.

It's unfortunate that it went as far as it did. And that the cops acted in the way that they did, but they had to make a decision and erred on the side of what appeared to be extreme caution.

Sure I think you'd have grounds for a civil case but it probably isn't worth the cost and hassle for you and especially to another lawyer unfortunately.

And of course ironically, if your grandfather resisted, got beat up, and was found innocent you'd probably be swimming in a large payoff, or multi million dollar settlement.

On the bright side 12k (and I'm speaking for myself) isn't totally bank breaking and I guess be glad that he wasn't found guilty and that anyone got hurt.
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Old 06-14-2012, 05:20 PM
 
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From an outsider looking in if you were to tell me there were two seniors and a misunderstanding I'd assume (given there were no prior records for either) it would be because they were seniors.
Truth. No records for either (well, I'm speaking for my father whom I can vouch for, but the blue-haired lady was probably no hardened criminal, either. Which is why the cops should have given this a second glance.
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It's unfortunate that it went as far as it did. And that the cops acted in the way that they did, but they had to make a decision and erred on the side of what appeared to be extreme caution.
And that's what I would like to punish them for, in all honesty. Simple lack of ****ing thinking.
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Sure I think you'd have grounds for a civil case but it probably isn't worth the cost and hassle for you and especially to another lawyer unfortunately.
Unfortunately you might be right. We were looking for a young attorney eager to make a name for himself. Haven't found one yet.
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And of course ironically, if your grandfather resisted, got beat up, and was found innocent you'd probably be swimming in a large payoff, or multi million dollar settlement.
Father. But yeah, I'd much rather not get rich that way.
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On the bright side 12k (and I'm speaking for myself) isn't totally bank breaking and I guess be glad that he wasn't found guilty and that anyone got hurt.
To put it in perspective, that's about 14 months' worth of his SSI. So while not bank-breaking, it's no small sum either. Especially considering I'm $175K in debt after B-school.
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Old 06-15-2012, 02:56 AM
 
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