Judgment against Dodgers doesn't end ordeal, Bryan Stow's father says

Despite winning a nearly $18-million judgment against the Dodgers and two men who beat their son on opening day 2011, Bryan Stow's parents said the verdict Wednesday doesn't end the family's ordeal.

Stow, a former Santa Cruz paramedic and the father of two young children, was beaten unconscious and left with such profound injuries that his attorneys said he will require round-the-clock medical assistance for the rest of his life.


The trial dredged up details about a night that will always be incomprehensible, his father said.

"Bryan was injured for life," Dave Stow said. "And I just can't understand that."

After four weeks of testimony and nine days of deliberations, the trial ended with the jury's 9-3 finding that the Dodgers shared responsibility for Stow's injuries along with Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who were convicted earlier this year of the assault.

The Dodgers are on the hook for $13.9 million of the jury's verdict, according to the team's attorney. Former owner Frank McCourt was found not liable for the March 31, 2011, attack.

After court was adjourned, one of the jurors, Alex Valdez, said he would have liked to have given an additional $10 million to the family, but that the jury relied on the defense's figures when it came to breaking down Stow's medical costs.

Another juror, Carlos Munoz of Rosemead, said he was emotionally affected by testimony about the Giants fan's physical and cognitive disabilities.
"It would pull at anybody's heartstrings, but we had to go by the evidence," Munoz said.

Led by attorney Thomas Girardi, the plaintiffs that alleged the Dodgers and McCourt were responsible because of shoddy security and poor lighting at Dodger Stadium.

Former Dodgers security personnel testified that the organization was ill equipped to handle the massive crowd that showed up for the game against the Giants.

But the defense countered that the security force on duty on opening day that year was the largest in the history of Dodger Stadium at the time. The defense also presented evidence that the Dodgers had increased spending on security every year. 
The real culprits, defense attorney Dana Fox said, were Sanchez and Norwood. Stow's own intoxication that night was also a factor, he said.
"I held my breath when that came up," his mother, Ann Stow, said. "We know Bryan is nothing like the defense portrayed him."