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Evidence Development In Negligent Security Cases

Authored By The Haggard Law Firm’s Christopher L. Marlowe When you argue that your client’s injuries could have been prevented through the use of reasonable security measures, the defendant will claim those measures are excessive or unnecessary. So what are reasonable measures, and how can you help the jury view the case through your eyes? You must first go to the crime scene and begin reviewing any security efforts that the defendant undertook. A crucial part of evidence development in these cases is examining the premises and putting the security measures into context. For example, a client was stabbed to death in...

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Trampling at Movie Theater Leads to $1.7 Million Verdict for Haggard Law Client

Jury agrees that Regal Cinemas could have prevented incident during screening of Dark Knight movie Miami Beach, FL –  A Miami-Dade County jury has awarded 34 year old Maria Navas $1.7 million for the permanent injury she suffered when she was trampled by theater goers frantically trying to escape an altercation in a Miami Beach theater only days after a mass shooting at a movie theater in Colorado. On July 31st ,  2012 Navas was on a first date in the Regal Cinemas Theaters at 1120 Lincoln Road. Navas and her date were watching the Dark Knight Rises movie when two men began arguing. One of...

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CASE RESULT: $3.1 million settlement delivered for family of murder victim in negligent security case

CASE RESULT: Continental Real Estate Companies among defendants in $3.1 million settlement  in negligent security case   21 year old shot and killed while his first child is born. Miami, Florida – Bad lighting, broken cameras, and other insufficient security measures have lead a Miami nightclub, Continent Real Estate Companies, and others to settle with the family of a murder victim for $3.1 million in a civil case. On November 28th, 2011 Charles Lucas, Jr. was trying to diffuse an argument between his friends and several patrons of the Kaffe Krystal Night Club in Miami (2550 NW 72nd Avenue #305, Miami, FL 33122) following a...

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Universal Truths Vs. Stereotypes-Dealing with Ours and Their at Trial

Universal Truths Vs. Stereotypes: Dealing with Ours and Their at Trial

(Originally published for the Southern Trial Lawyers Association Newsletter)

By Christopher Marlowe, The Haggard Law Firm

We are all prejudiced, shaped by our interactions with others from birth.  Some experiences are positive, others insulting.  Each, to varying degrees, necessarily changes our perception of others.  This writing is premised on the understanding that we are all susceptible to feelings and beliefs that are not always fair or rational.  It is the recognition of this narrow aspect of the human condition that cautions the trial attorney to acknowledge Universal Truths where they exist, and the Stereotypes that often accompany them.

Having chosen a profession that revolves largely upon judging the behavior and motivations of others, identifying and appreciating our prejudice is a critical component of successfully working within the legal system.  For trial lawyers, the process of moving from an abstract grievance to a concrete solution for our clients begins in earnest with jury selection.

A jury of our peers seems like a simple enough concept.  However, in every jurisdiction with which I am familiar, the peer group is defined only by one commonality: an arbitrarily drawn geographic boundary. The remainder of that which defines your prospective panel is a mystery.  Race, religion, gender, sexual identity and political beliefs all thrive independently behind each of the twenty or thirty faces staring back at you as you begin the process of selecting who, exactly, will stand in judgment of the situation that forced this community of peers to miss work and doctor appointments to perform their civic duty.