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by George Malik on 08/15/12 at 02:40 AM ET
This is just bizarre, as already noted by Paul: According to the Detroit News’s Charles E. Ramirez, the plaintiff in a civil suit against Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray began to make her case on Tuesday…
A Plymouth woman says she “aches all of the time” after being hit with a chair by the general manager of the Anaheim Ducks after the team’s loss to the Red Wings in the 2009 National Hockey League playoffs.
Rachel Paris, who filed suit in U.S. District Court in Detroit in 2010, testified Wednesday that the chair was thrown by Bob Murray in the press box at Joe Louis Arena and caused severe injuries to her left shoulder, neck, back, ribs and hips. Paris, who was 55 at the time, said a few of her teeth were also chipped.
The suit seeks financial damages in excess of $75,000. Murray and his attorneys deny the allegations, according to court records. The suit alleges Murray was so angered by his team’s Game 7 loss in the Western Conference semifinals that he threw a chair at Paris, who was working on the game’s television broadcast.
As you might expect in these sorts of cases, private investigators are involved, and the Free Press’s David Ashenfelter reports that surveillance footage of the plaintiff forms the foundation of Murray’s defense:
Murray’s lawyer, Steven Potter of Auburn Hills, told jurors in an opening statement that Paris is faking. He showed the jury surveillance video showing that, despite Paris’ claims at a 2010 deposition that she had problems with her left shoulder and was unable to walk long distances, she carried home a bag of groceries on a 3-mile, round-trip walk to a supermarket.
Potter played a second video showing Paris pumping gas into a 2 1/2 -gallon can, lifting it with her left hand into the back of her SUV and reaching high overhead with both hands to pull down and close the vehicle’s hatchback.
“This is a simple case,” he told jurors. “She’s not telling the truth.”
Paris is expected to return to the witness stand today. Murray might testify.
The trial before U.S. District Judge Paul Borman is expected to run through Tuesday.
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