Although the trial drew worldwide attention, it tired the jury with hours of expert testimony from both sides.
PARK CITY, Utah – Gwyneth Paltrow’s attorneys are expected to continue largely relying on experts to defend them on Wednesday, the seventh day of his 2016 ski crash trial. her with a 76-year-old retired ophthalmologist.
The judge presiding over the trial in Park City made it clear that he wants Paltrow’s defense team to put their case on hold by Thursday afternoon – to give the jury enough time to consider and reach a consensus.
Terry Sanderson, the Utah man suing Paltrow, is asking for more than $300,000, saying Paltrow’s recklessness on the slope caused the crash, which left him with four broken ribs and years of millions Post-concussion symptoms include confusion, memory loss, and irritability. Paltrow protested asking for a symbolic $1 and attorney’s fees, alleging that Sanderson stabbed her from behind.
In the second week of the trial, it became clear that both sides saved a small amount of money to ensure they had a list of expert witnesses ready in case the need arises. Against the backdrop of time constraints, many witnesses testified longer than expected.
Paltrow’s attorneys have repeatedly asked Judge Kent Holmberg to clarify the deadline for the eight-day trial. They reversed plans to cross-examine Sanderson to keep time for four expert witnesses they said they had put into a nearby hotel on Tuesday.
Like Sanderson’s attorneys, Paltrow’s legal team is trying to cram all the testimony from family members, a doctor and an accident reconstruction expert in four days. They said on Tuesday they planned to call four more experts to testify, but left open the possibility of calling Paltrow court or Brad Falchuk, her TV producer husband.
Holmberg gave Sanderson the same amount of time to resolve the case.
Last week, Paltrow spoke out and insisted the ski crash was not her fault. Her lead adviser, Steve Owens, said earlier this week that he plans to call Paltrow’s teenage children – 16-year-old Moses and 18-year-old Apple – to the witness stand. But since Sanderson’s testimony extended into Monday, Paltrow’s legal team read the testimony of her two teenage children for the record, rather than calling them out to testify.
For the past two days, Paltrow’s defense team has largely relied on expert witnesses, but read testimony from Paltrow’s children on file Tuesday. They managed to get the jury’s attention by playing a variety of high-resolution animations while their witnesses — including a crash expert, biomedical engineer, doctor, and ski instructors — all testified.
The animations were not included as trial evidence. However, Sanderson’s attorneys objected to their inclusion, arguing that Paltrow’s team was using the animations to fool the jury.
Although the trial challenged audiences worldwide, who had seen the video clips that went viral as a social media meme, it challenged the eight-member jury that gradually sink deeper into their seats through hours of expert testimony.
After both sides present their final arguments on Thursday, the jury is likely to issue their decision later that day or on Friday.
https://www.king5.com/article/news/nation-world/gwyneth-paltrows-ski-collision-trial/507-f2b42082-21bb-4cd9-b800-3814ad7fa797 Gwyneth Paltrow ski trial continues, nears conclusion