September 10, 1992 |
In an unusual conclusion to nearly 2 1/2 years of legal action, the trial dealing with the death of Hank Gathers, a former Loyola Marymount University basketball star, was dismissed by a judge Wednesday after the family refused to testify and abandoned the case. The dismissal of the case in the third week of the trial is the final chapter in what had become one of the most publicized medical malpractice suits involving an athlete in Los Angeles history. Judge J.
September 10, 1992 |
For some jurors, the trial involving the death of Hank Gathers, a former Loyola Marymount basketball star, was unfolding favorably for the defendants when it ended prematurely Wednesday. After listening to three weeks of testimony, eight of the 12 jurors interviewed Wednesday said they could not find fault in Dr. Benjamin Shaffer, then of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group, and Dr. Dan Hyslop of the Loyola student health center.
February 1, 1991 |
The embittered legal aftermath of the death of Hank Gathers took an unusual yet predictable twist Thursday when an attorney for Paul Westhead, the former Loyola Marymount basketball coach, filed a $1-million defamation-of-character suit against the attorney who represents the Gathers' family.
May 6, 1992 |
The trial in the emotional-distress suit over the death of former Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers has been continued until June 1 in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance. The trial was scheduled to begin today, but the Gathers' family attorney, Bruce Fagel, is in court on another case.
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October 15, 1992
As a juror in the recent Hank Gathers case ("A Legacy on Court, in Court," Oct. 6), it was evident to me almost from the first of the 15 days in Torrance Superior Court that, sadly, the responsibility for the death of the young basketball star ultimately rested with the victim himself.
January 17, 1991
A judge ruled today that Lucille Gathers, mother of former Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers, can proceed with her $32.5-million wrongful death suit against coaches, doctors and the university. The defendants asked the judge to dismiss Mrs. Gathers from the lawsuit, contending that she had no legal standing to sue because she was not financially dependent on her son when he suddenly died March 4, 1990. But Superior Court Judge J.