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Charles LiMandri, the lawyer representing the four firefighters who brought a claim for sexual harassment against the city of San Diego after they were ordered to take part in last summer’s gay pride parade, just told me he and his clients absolutely plan to try the case again.
The trial ended in a mistrial yesterday after jurors failed to reach an agreement on the sexual harassment claim. The jury also dismissed the claim that the firefighters were retaliated against for bringing the complaint, a claim LiMandri said is now dead.
LiMandri said the judge has already set a new date for trial and that he and his clients are absolutely committed to arguing their case again in front of a new judge in the New Year.
“Our witnesses are supportive, the rank and file of the fire department is not pleased with a hung jury,” LiMandri said. “In another week, we’ll have a year’s worth of work into this — we’re so close to it.”
LiMandri said he’s been keeping an eye on the city attorney’s race and that, if Jan Goldsmith ousts Mike Aguirre, he looks forward to talking to him about possibly settling the suit.
“I think Mike Aguirre is the only city attorney in the country that would have tried this case and I think he got lucky. I think he put up a lousy case and I think he got lucky with his jury,” LiMandri said.