That Was Fast: A New Jury Says Da Brat Has To Pay $3.7M To Cheerleader She Cracked With A Bottle
Update: Just yesterday, we marveled at the tongue-lashing Judge Reuben Green gave to a juror who was dishonest about his immigration status. The juror was held in contempt and blamed for costing the courts both time and money.
Today a new jury has ordered Da Brat to pay a former Atlanta Falcons cheerleader Shayla Stevens $3.7 million for the “permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment, and severe mental pain” she caused when she hit her with a bottle during a fight in 2007. This after the rapper served more than three years in prison.
Original from February 26
When you’re in a court of law, your life really is in the hands of the judge, even if you’re a juror.
Da Brat, née Shawntae Harris, is heading to civil court, accused of breaking a rum bottle over the head of an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader’s head during a fight at a Halloween party in 2007. Jury selection had taken place and then, at the last minute, a man who had been selected admitted that he lied about his immigration status. Though he was asked multiple times about whether he was a citizen, it was only when the case was about to get underway that he admitted that he’s not. He’s a legal resident of Atlanta, so it seems weird that he wouldn’t tell the truth. And he should’ve assumed that, eventually, this is something that would’ve come out.
Judge Reuben Green was not happy about this surprise revelation and used his authority to not only go all the way off on this juror but to hold him in contempt. According to Judge Green, the lie cost more than 10 hours of time and $25,000 in expenditure. Now, a mistrial has been declared and the whole process has to begin again. For the trouble he caused, the juror was hauled off in handcuffs. Dang! TMZ has the footage and it is one heck of a takedown.
How many times have you been in your office, spent a good chunk of time and effort to get some work done, and then watch as all that work goes down the drain because of one idiotic person? It’s at those times that you wish you had a robe and a gavel so you can find someone in contempt. Just in contempt of life.