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Friday, August 14, 2009

S.F. Jury Acquits Man in 15 Minutes, Doesn't Believe Woman Accusing Him For One

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Judge Judy would not have been amused by the plaintiff...
  • Judge Judy would not have been amused by the plaintiff...
Why watch Judge Judy when you can just step into San Francisco Superior Court?

What was likely the most ridiculous case of the week started in July 2007, when a driver took videos and photos of a red Mustang convertible speeding on I-80in San Francisco. Nicole Tai, 40, filed a police report that same night, claiming the Mustang had sideswiped her 2001 Nissan Xterra. The police obtained a warrant for the driver's arrest, although no police investigation was ever done to corroborate Tai's story, according to the public defender's office.

A San Francisco jury acquitted the driver, Dale Powers of Jackson, after 15 minutes of deliberation this week. Yes, that's half the time it takes to deliver a Domino's pizza.

How long would it have taken you? Be sure to weigh this evidence:

During the two-day trial, Powers testified he had never had any

accidents in July 2007, and his CARFAX vehicle history report showed his

car had never been to the repair shop. Although Tai also said she'd

never been in another accident, her car's history revealed another story.

The report noted she'd been in three accidents in 13 months. Her insurance hadn't

compensated her for any of the damages. Hmmm ...

When confronted with the report, Tai saw she was cornered and admitted to the other two accidents. To

top it off, there was no transfer of red paint onto Tai's car, and the photos and video she'd so conveniently taken of Powers' Mustang showed

no damage either.

"The only 'victim' in this case is my client,

Dale Powers, who was an unfortunate victim of an insurance scam," Powers' public defender, Qiana Washington, said in a statement. "Ms. Tai

believed that she could use the criminal justice system to get money out

of an innocent man. However, the jury saw right through her false

claims. The scary thing about a case like this is that anyone could

find themselves in the defendant's position." 

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