Four San Diego
firefighters who sued their city after being ordered to
participate in the 2007 gay pride parade will not receive
damages after a San Diego County superior court jury
was unable to reach a verdict. The jury deliberated
almost four days before announcing a deadlock, according
to the Los Angeles Times.
One juror told
reporters that they were one vote short of getting the
required nine votes needed to decide a civil case. The jury
would have favored the firefighters.
who represented John Ghiotto, Jason Hewitt, Alex Kane,
and Chad Allison, said the outcome was "extremely
frustrating." A new trial has been set for January.
The four claim
they were sexually harassed by parade watchers, including
a group of "radical homosexual men" dressed in nuns' habits
and others who yelled, "You're making me hot!" and "I
can't breathe, give me mouth-to-mouth!" One
firefighter, Hewitt, also said he received a poor
performance review after filing a complaint about the
parade, the Associated Press reported. The jury rejected
that claim by an 11-1 vote.
While the lawsuit
did not specify how much they sought in damages,
LiMandri asked the jury to award between $500,000 to $1
million to each firefighter.
Michael Aguirre said the lawsuit was about greed. However,
Ghiotto told the Times, "It was never about any
money." He also said, "For me, I believe it was a win
because we stood up for what we believe in." (Michelle
Garcia, The Advocate)