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Bryan Stow in court as Dodger beating trial nears an end

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Beating victim Bryan Stow appears in L.A. County court as case against Dodgers nears end
Beating victim Bryan Stow is expected to ask for more than $50 million in damages from the Dodgers

Bryan Stow returned to Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday morning for what is expected to be the final day of testimony in his lawsuit against the Dodgers.

The San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in an opening day beating three years ago sat in a wheelchair about 10 feet from the jurors, the jagged scars in his scalp clearly visible.

Lawyers for Stow and his family are expected to ask the panel for more than $50 million in damages in closing arguments Thursday.

As Stow looked on, jurors watched videotaped testimony from the team’s former director of securities. Ramon Maytorena left the job three months before the March 2011 beating.

Under questioning from a lawyer for the team, he denied that former Dodgers owner Frank McCourt slashed the security budget. Rather, he testified, the team consistently increased the budget for guards.

Maytorena defended a decision to replace some uniformed Los Angeles police personnel at the stadium with off-duty law enforcement officers wearing polo shirts. He said that some fans did not respect the police uniform and were more apt to listen to the casually dressed guards.

“You felt police officers wearing polo shirts … could diffuse the situation better?” asked Dana Fox, a lawyer for the team.

“Yes,” said Maytorena. He said his hunch was borne out by data showing a reduction in the number of problems at the stadium.

Two Dodgers fans, Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, were convicted in the assault on Stow.

While Stow's family maintains that the team provided inadequate security, McCourt and the Dodgers contend all the blame rests with Sanchez and Norwood.

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