The verdict reached Thursday marks the final chapter in a circuitous whistleblower lawsuit filed in by Eric Bahra against the county and its Department of Children and Family Services. The suit originally was dismissed in May by U. District Court Judge Jesus Bernal. However, that ruling later was overturned by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Bahra, a year-old therapist at High Desert Psychological Services in Victorville, said Friday the verdict is bittersweet.
The jury found that the Imperial Klans of America and its founder wrongfully targeted year-old Jordan Gruver, an American citizen of Panamanian and Native-American descent. The law center said before the verdict that a large damage award could break the Klan group, allowing the teen and the law center to seize the group's assets, including its headquarters, a acre compound in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. An all-white jury of seven men and seven women deliberated for five hours after three days of testimony.
The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the nation's second-largest Klan outfit on behalf of a Latino teen severely beaten in by two Klan members. The Klansmen were convicted and served two years in prison. I'm victorious," Gruver said. I'm sad because those guys are still going to be the same way that they were.