LOS ANGELES – Lawyers for helicopter pilot to be sued by Kobe Bryant, widow has requested that his trial be moved out of Los Angeles, claiming the defense cannot get a fair trial in the Lakers rear court.
Vanessa Bryant has filed a death attributable to an action in Superior Court of Los Angeles, accusing him of the Island Express of Helicopters and the end of the pilot of the Ara Zobayan to be responsible for the accident which killed the recently retired from large basketball, 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and six other passengers.
“No reasonable person can argue that an average juror with an impartial view of the Bryant family’s claims in comparison with the defenses presented by the pilot’s estate,” according to the motion filed by defense lawyer Arthur Willner, which represents Berge Zobayan, listed as a successor to the pilot’s interest, the end of the Ara Zobayan,
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“No cogent argument can be made that the estate of the pilot phase, which the Bryant family claims was the cause of Mr. Bryant’s death, will not begin the proverbial” two-stroke “trial already against him due the plaintiff’s extreme level of popularity with the pool jury. “
The defense wants the case to be transferred to neighboring countries in the Orange County suburbs.
Even though the community bedroom is in the same television market as Los Angeles and the passengers all lived in Orange County, Willner insisted a fair trial cannot happen in L. A. County.
“I don’t think it’s a matter of less knowledge” about the case, Willner told NBC News on Monday,
“Clearly Kobe’s popularity extends far beyond Los Angeles. But there is no escaping the fact of the high regard in which Kobe has been held in Los Angeles for many years, he has been the face of Los Angeles, to a large extent. “
A lawyer for Vanessa Bryant said the defense request has no merit.
“We believe this request for a Los Angeles County location transfer has no basis in law or in fact,” Bryant, attorney Gary C. Robb said in a statement. “We vigorously oppose it.”
Eric Leonard reported from Los Angeles and David K. Li from New York.