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By Associated Press
LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas Jury Is Flatly Rejected Former US Senator Harry Reid filed a lawsuit against a practice bandmaker he blamed for injuries – including blindness on one eye – which he suffered when the malleable device came out of his grip and fell face first, just over four years ago.
After eight days of witness testimony, the eight-person jury of the civil process consulted for about an hour before declaring that Reid had never asked the first of ten questions they had to decide: the device Reid used that day a TheraBand by Hygenic of Ohio Corp.
The jurors never saw the actual device, as Reid's adult son, lawyer Leif Reid, had it over shortly after Harry Reid was injured.
Reid and his wife, Landra Gould, were not in the courtroom when the verdict was pronounced. The 79-year-old former leader of the Democratic Party used a wheelchair during the two-week study after treating himself for pancreatic cancer and back surgery.
Her lawyer, James Wilkes II, from Tampa, Florida, said he respected the decision of the Nevada jury. "I may not agree with the result, but I agree with the way we got there," Wilkes said. TheraBand lawyer Laurin Quiat was subject to victory.
"My client always believed in the product," The product is safe, unreasonably dangerous for anyone, and behind it, "he said," that's all I have to say. "
Reid and his wife have indefinite cash damages sought because they said the product was flawed, and the company had failed to warn the public that older people, such as Reid, could endanger the use of the hazard.
Reid's lawyers made a negligent claim after several days of Testimony that began on March 27.
Reid said last week that his injuries were "the main factor", so he decided not to see a sixth Senate period in 2016 However, Quiat showed the jury a 2015 video press release in which Reid said his decision not to run had "absolutely nothing to do with my injury".
Reid, leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate when President Barack Obama was in the White House, testified that he wanted senators and voters to know that he was not incapable.
Quiat reminded the jury on Friday that they would never know for sure if the device used by Reid was manufactured by Hygenic. The firm's lawyer also asked questions about Reid's truthfulness.
He noted that Reid initially said the band was broken, but not that she had lost her grip and that she had been attached to a metal hook in the bathroom wall in his suburb home in Las Vegas.
On the witness stand, Reid testified that he had wrapped a ribbon through a shower door handle, not a hook, that he whirled around and faced first against hard-edged bathroom cabinets when it slipped out of his grip on New Year's Day 2015
Company experts and witnesses testified that Reid abused the device, blaming him for blindness of the right eye, broken facial bones, broken ribs, concussion, and bruises.
"This is not a complicated case, resistance bands are not complicated," said Quiat. "In this case, it's about taking responsibility for one's own actions."
He said Reid used the wide, flat resistance bands for several years without incident after receiving a band from congressional therapists. Quiat said they then spent months trying to get Reid to improve his posture, balance, and technique when he used the device in a rowboat torso fitness program.
The former boxer, member of the Nevada Gambling Commission and vice-governor, was first elected to the US House in 1983. He was elected to the Senate four years later and served for 30 years.