CTV News - In an affidavit [!!!] filed with the court, co-founder Rick Smith [4Brains] says the bulletin was only designed to protect the company from potential lawsuits. Smith says it was not an admission that tasers can affect the heart [*], despite the fact that the document recommends officers aim away from the heart because of a "remote potential risk of cardiac effect." [LINK]
* -> Taser International's very own legal warning:
"The ECD can produce... changes in... heart rate and rhythm..."
Parsed from: Volunteer Warnings, Risks, Liability Release and Covenant Not to Sue [LINK]
Filing an obviously-false and blatantly self-serving affidavit (!!!) with a court is about as serious as it gets. He might as well 'moon' the judge.
Update: I want to put this prediction (10 July 2010) on the record. It is: not only an utter and complete rejection of Taser International's appeal of Braidwood, but I also foresee sanctions against Taser International and/or their lawyer. I obviously can't be sure, but if I had behaved in court like that (based on news reports), I'd sure be nervously awaiting the Court's reaction. And not just simple win or lose the appeal.
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