Mission Statement - De-Spinning the Pro-Taser Propaganda

Yeah right, 'Excited Delirium' my ass...


The primary purpose of this blog is to provide an outlet for my observations and analysis about tasers, taser "associated" deaths, and the behaviour exhibited by the management, employees and minions of Taser International. In general, everything is linked back to external sources, often via previous posts on the same topic, so that readers can fact-check to their heart's content. This blog was started in late-2007 when Canadians were enraged by the taser death of Robert Dziekanski and four others in a short three month period. The cocky attitude exhibited by the Taser International spokespuppet, and his preposterous proposal that Mr. Dziekanski coincidentally died of "excited delirium" at the time of his taser-death, led me to choose the blog name I did and provides my motivation. I have zero financial ties to this issue.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

More details on Taser's legal loss

Bloomberg has more details.

The compensatory damage verdict will be reduced by the jury's finding that Heston was 85 % responsible for his death, said family attorney John Burton. "That affects the compensatory damages, but not the punitives," he said in an interview. "I think Taser's going to have to rethink its litigation strategy and its warning policies," Burton said. The jury awarded $5 million in punitive damages to Heston's parents and $200,000 in punitives to his estate. [LINK]

Case: Heston v. City of Salinas, C 05-03658 JW, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Jose)

Here is another interesting tidbit from earlier in the trial: [LINK] (.pdf)

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