CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2008 |
Ester Soriano, 61, a Filipino American civil rights activist who was the jury forewoman in the civil damages trial of Rodney G. King, died April 3 at a Los Angeles hospital of complications from liver cancer surgery, said her sister, Emily Deitrich. King, who was black, was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers in 1991, an incident that would help spark riots the next year after the officers were acquitted. He brought a civil action against the city. Soriano facilitated a discussion between jurors who were split on whether King should get significant punitive damages.