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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Collateral Damage, Take 2: Shane Ragland Found Liable For Kentucky Football Player's Death

Earlier, I reported on the civil wrongful death suit brought against Shane Ragland after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the killing of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro after DiGiuro kept him out of a fraternity.  I noted that while defense counsel claimed that Ragland should not automatically be found liable based upon his guilty plea, the court would find Ragland automatically liable under the doctrine of collateral estoppel.  On Monday, the court did just that, finding Ragland liable for DiGiuro's death, with Ragland's plea meaning that plaintiffs' counsel didn't have to prove that Ragland killed DiGiuro.

-CM

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