I cannot believe a reputable attorney such as Robert Eglet has made this case into a political one based on the Black Lives Matter issue.
I cannot believe attorney Eglet should have put District Court Judge Jerry Wiese up against the wall to rule on this case — or even worse, put members of the jury in the position of having to decide judgment based on Black Lives Matter.
Attorney Robert Eglet’s Motion, “Plaintiff’s Motion to Affirm Black Lives Matter,” is totally incomprehensible, and that motion should not in any way be politically connected. “All Lives Matter,” and most of all, “All Children’s Lives Matter,” would be more appropriate to his Motion.
We all know that surgery is a knife with two edges, and that the anesthesia is the worst part of the surgery. Nobody can know what the individual reaction will be.
It is a valid lawsuit when Summerlin Hospital has so many other cases of negligence, but to present this case to the court as a race-issue case just because the child was black —it is totally unacceptable.
As Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter, Carri Geer, stated in her report of November 25, 2015, “The Black Lives Matter movement began after a neighborhood watch organizer fatally shot Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.”
If they are going to organize movements for all people killed, then we should have a movement called “Police Lives Matters,” to address the issue when two Metro police officers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, for just one example, were killed at CiCi’s pizza restaurant in Las Vegas last year, as well as a Bystanders’ Lives Matter and Good Samaritans’ Lives Matter movement for those who get killed just because of their presence, or because they are trying or attempting to help in the situation, such as the victim, Joseph Wilcox, killed at a Walmart in the above-mentioned recent tragedy.
Do we need more movements? Then we cannot forget the 1996 case of Gerry Waje, a Filipino-American who was shot to death by Metro Police; And Eric Scott, a white man who had graduated from the prestigious Academy of West Point, shot to death by Metro Police outside the Costco Store (for the Lives Taken by Police by Mistake Matter movement).
All lives matter: black, white, yellow or red, police or civilian or whatever other category they are in. It is true that our hospitals are not the best in the nation, and especially when senior citizens are treated like garbage and totally mistreated by hospital personnel. I can attest to that when a senior citizen was brutally beaten by hospital personnel at Spring Valley Hospital, but — and there is always a but…
But… everybody is entitled to a defense. It doesn’t matter if you are black or not. But to present a case in court as “Motion to Affirm Black Lives Matter,” is a way to intimidate jurors and inflame others.
If I happened to be a juror in that particular case, I would ask for facts, facts, and more facts and forget the defense points of “Black Lives Matter,” because I would not allow the defense attorney, as much as I respect him, to draw me into the black-against-white matters.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.