Monday, November 3, 2008
The jury awarded over $1.5 million in compensatory damages to my client, finding that she was sexually abused by her stepfather when she was 12 to 14 years old. The abuse was "especially pernicious" (in the words of our expert witness) because it involved cross-dressing, bondage, and a nylons fetish. The jury also determined that my client is entitled to punitive damages. By agreement of the parties, the judge will decide the amount of punitive damages after a hearing on the 10th. Look for updates here after the hearing. This is a huge win for my client on many levels, not only because it is one of the largest jury verdicts for a case of this kind in Oregon. She is now 24 years old and has finally been vindicated for what she suffered through. She is ready to move forward with her life. This trial was the most satisfying thing I have done as a lawyer. The best part was watching my client grow stronger as the trial progressed and to see her face when the judge read the verdict.