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Jury Has Reached Verdict!

The jury has reached a verdict in the John Ritter case…

The doctors are all cleared of negligence.

IE: not guilty.



The John Ritter Trial Continues

As I reported to you before, the Ritter trial is ongoing.

Next to testify was costar Katey Sagal on Tuesday. Apparently she was quite emotional – considering she worked closely with him as his on-screen wife.  Like Winkler, Sagal testified about Ritter’s last day on the set.

In case you’re late to the show – here’s the reason for the lawsuit:

Ritter’s widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, and the late star’s four children, including actor Jason Ritter, are suing a cardiologist and radiologist whom they claim both missed a crucial defect in Ritter’s heart that led to the TV icon’s death from a torn aorta on Sept. 11, 2003.

Jason, Ritter’s oldest son, took the stand.  Ritter’s agent also took the stand, basically testifying to his earning potential, had he lived.

Finally, the last one to testify was John Ritter himself, via a phone message he left his wife, Amy Yasbeck, shortly before he went to the hospital.

“Hi honey, this is John. I’m in my dressing room and not feeling very well. I think I have food poisoning,” Ritter said in the phone message, left from the set of 8 Simples Rule For Dating My Teenage Daughter. “They’re going to call a doctor to look at me.”

Yasbeck testified Thursday that she spoke to her husband when he called back a few minutes later to say that he was probably not going to make an event at their daughter’s school later that evening.

“He called back and said, ‘Now I’m having chest pains and the nurse is coming and they’re going to take me across the street,'” Yasbeck said, growing emotional on the stand, per the Associated Press.

God, can you imagine having to give that testimony and relive it?

She’s apparently scheduled to continue her testimony on Monday.

How sad.


Winkler Testifies

henrywinkler.jpgHenry Winkler, friend and colleague to John Ritter, testified yesterday at John Ritter’s medical trial.

Winkler was due to co-star on Ritter’s series, and was on set on the fateful day.  Two hours before Ritter was taken to the hospital, Ritter told Winkler he didn’t feel right, and left him to get some water.  That was the last time Winkler saw him.

Amy Yasbeck, Ritter’s widow, was in court along with his son, Jason.

The trial in John Ritter’s wrongful death continues.

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