Abbate Juror: "You Can't Erase What Happened"

Juror speaks out on city's efforts to vacate verdict

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012  |  Updated 2:56 PM CDT
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Mayor: Motion to Vacate Beating Verdict Protects City

Karolina Obrycka testifies on the stand at the civil trial.

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Bartender Awarded $850K for Beating by Off-Duty Cop

Jurors on Tuesday afternoon returned with a finding that the city's tolerance of the code emboldened off-duty officer Anthony Abbate to beat Karolina Obrycka. Natalie Martinez reports.

Mayor: Motion to Vacate Beating Verdict Protects City

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city has asked a federal judge to overturn the jury verdict in the Anthony Abbate beating trial so other plaintiff's against the police department won't be able to invoke the same "code of silence" defense.
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A juror who helped rule against the City of Chicago in a civil case involving an off-duy police officer who viciously beat up a bartender is appalled that the verdict may be erased.

A federal judge will rule Friday whether to overturn last month's jury verdict and allow city officials to pay Karolina Obrycka $850,000 -- a motion Obrycka agrees with because she'd get her money quickly and wouldn't have to go through an appeals process.

Anthony Abbate's beating of Obrycka was captured on videotape. The jury found that the police department's "code of silence" obstructed the investigation in order to protect Abbate.

Juror Dr. Joseph R. Lentino told the Chicago Tribune the new legal developments were "morally reprehensible," and described Mayor Rahm Emanuel's response to the verdict as that of a "petulant child" who "didn't get what he wanted" and now wants it to change.

The city wants to vacate the verdict in order to eliminate the police "code of silence" precedent, which could be used in future lawsuits.

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