Judge Reverses Part of $10 Million Allied Concrete Lawsuit
Sep 2, 2011 06:32 PM EDT
A Charlottesville judge is reversing part of a $10 million lawsuit and suggesting that prosecutors look into the actions of one of those involved with the case.
Judge Edward Hogshire is cutting the jury's award nearly in half. It's a case tainted by legal wrongdoings, many of which are being blamed on the family's lawyer, Matt Murray.
In June of 2007, an Allied Concrete truck overturned on 25-year-old Jessica Lester's car, crushing her. She died several days later.
Her family sued Allied Concrete and was awarded a record amount of money and legal fees. But since then the case has been sullied by a long list of mistakes including lawyer Matt Murray admitting that he mislead the court, destroyed evidence and tried to hide what he'd done.
Now we have obtained documents outlining the impact of that wrongdoing.
Judge Hogshire is ordering that Lester's husband, Isaiah, remit $4,127,000 million of what the jury award him, he'll keep $4,450,000 million.
Hogshire is also ordering a hearing to be held on September 23 to determine what financial sanctions will be levied against Lester and Murray, as well as to the liability of the Allen and Allen Law Firm for the actions of Murray. Murray resigned from the firm in July and has told people he's left the bar.
Hogshire is referring considerations of professional wrongdoing against Murray to the Virginia State Bar.
The judge is referring allegations of perjury against Isaiah Lester to the Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
A $1-million judgment given to Jessica Lester's parents will not be changed.
Hogshire denied a motion for mistrial for "newly discovered juror bias."
An Allied Concrete request for a new trial was denied.