- Mistrial granted in Rick Springfield concert injury case over observer’s comment on news site
Mistrial granted in Rick Springfield concert injury case over observer’s comment on news site
Posted Nov 22, 2013 2:35 PM CST
By Martha Neil
A comment by a potential witness posted Tuesday on a CNYcentral.com news site led to a mistrial the next day in a personal injury case against 1980s rock star Rick Springfield.
Plaintiff Vicki Calcagno, 43, says she was injured in 2004 when Springfield slipped during a concert and bumped into her as she was standing on a folding chair near the stage. On a news article about the case, a woman commented that she and her family were standing next to the plaintiff and also were struck by Springfield. Calcagno's lawyer, Ken Goldblatt, then posted a comment himself, asking the potential witness to call him, the Post-Standard reports.
Goldblatt interviewed the potential witness the next day, and his opposing counsel sought and got a mistrial to bring himself up to speed on the new evidence. Up until that point, it had looked like jury deliberations would soon begin in the Syracuse, N.Y., case.
"It's a whole new game regarding admitting evidence from social media. We haven't come across this before in this district," attorney Gerard Neri later told the Post-Standard. He serves as special counsel for a six-county Supreme Court court system that includes Syracuse.
Hat tip: Fishbowl NY.
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Updated at 5:30 p.m. to link to additional Post-Standard article.