Blake attorney alleges misconduct by jury
The appeal claimed that a juror who had a hearing impairment and said he missed most of the testimony was prodded into voting for the verdict by other jurors who warned he would force a mistrial if he didn’t agree with them. Blake’s wife was shot to death in the actor’s car in May 2001 outside a restaurant where the two had dined. On March 16, 2005, Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife. Jurors deliberating in Robert Blake’s civil trial discussed the cases of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, ignored the lack of evidence that Blake killed his wife and decided to “send a message that celebrities and rich people cannot get away with murder,” the actor’s attorney said in an appeal filed Wednesday. Blake’s lawyer argued that the award of $30 million to the family of Bonny Lee Bakley in a wrongful-death lawsuit was the result of prejudice and jury misconduct and should be reversed. The actor was found liable for her death in the civil trial after being acquitted of murder in a criminal trial. In the 55-page document filed with the California 2nd District Court of Appeal, lawyer M. Gerald Schwartzbach cited detailed post-trial affidavits from three jurors who also said that one juror cited the Bible as the basis for a finding of liability and another concealed that her daughter was under life sentence in a murder case. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!