Judge Orders Mistrial After Lawyer Mentions Lawsuit

Rudolph Agnew stands accused of running a red light while under the influence of marijuana and hitting a police officer’s motorcycle, seriously injuring Mobile Police Officer Michael Beadnell. Upon impact, he flew 30 feet in the air and sustained a crushed foot, broken angle, broken finger and torn ligament. He also lost a large piece of elbow bone.

While Agnew stands trial in criminal court for his alleged crimes, officer Beadnell filed a motorcycle accident lawsuit against him that blames him for negligence. In the criminal trial, however, Agnew’s lawyer attempted to use this lawsuit against him. He asked if Beadnell was seeking a “substantial” award in his own suit.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Joseph “Rusty” Johnston ordered a mistrial the next day. Johnston had grown irritated during earlier proceedings. According to news reports, he had to frequently escort the jury out of the courtroom so the lawyers could discuss which questions were appropriate to ask the police officer. The judge allowed one question about Beadnell’s lawsuit, and he did not approve the question that Agnew’s attorney chose. He says that the attorney ad-libbed the word “substantial.”

As this story shows, motorcycle accident lawsuits are complicated, especially when they run alongside criminal court proceedings. Our lawyers are experienced in the matters of motorcycle litigation, and we can help facilitate an efficient, successful lawsuit against a negligent driver who caused death or serious injury on the road. Call (866) 377-3800 to schedule a free consultation, or visit our website to learn more about our law firm.

[Tom’s Tips: In Colorado, you have two years after the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Wyoming, you have four years.]

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