On appeal the defendant contended that the trial court “wrongfully excluded evidence of victim negligence relevant to proximate cause.”  (Id. 319-320, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 276, 826 P.2d 274.) Lab. The fact of causation is incapable of mathematical proof, since no [person] can say with absolute certainty what would have occurred if, the defendant had acted otherwise. 1) §§ 29, 33, 34.) Caci is a company that is located in 12855 Tesson Ferry Rd, mo St Louis, MO Saint Louis, MO. The question is not whether Brady could reasonably anticipate other causes that might also contribute to the collision. Brady tried unsuccessfully to stomp out the grass fire. Thus the court concluded, “A result cannot be the natural and probable cause of an act if the act was unforeseeable.”  (Id. Mortensen acknowledged that he had purchased denatured alcohol, buckets and hoses the day before, and explained that he purchased the items because he “was getting ready to ․ do a trip” or cook methamphetamine. It was not the fire. [citing Soule v. General Motors Corp. (1994) 8 Cal.4th 548, 573, fn. Blacklisting Cal. In People v. Hebert, supra, 228 Cal.App.2d at pages 519-520, 39 Cal.Rptr. [¶] If you find that a defendant's conduct was a cause of death to another person, then it is no defense that the conduct of some other person, even the deceased person, contributed to the death.”, “An intervening act may be so disconnected and unforeseeable as to be a superseding cause that, in such a case, the defendant's act will be regarded at law as not being a cause of the injuries sustained.”, “It is not a defense to a criminal charge that the deceased or some other person was guilty of negligence, which was a contributory cause of the death involved in the case.”, Brady argues that the statement in CALJIC No. (See Saelzler v. Advanced Group 400 (2001) 25 Cal.4th 763, 772-778, esp. CDF Officer Jim Robertson was the first firefighter to reach the site where the fire started. Since no such principles apply to criminal liability, there may be greater justification for retaining the former approach in criminal cases. CACI No. additions, revisions, and revocations to the Judicial Council civil jury instructions (CACI). of Kennard, J.). 433 reads: “[Name of defendant] claims that [he/she/it] is not responsible for [name of plaintiff]’s harm because of the later [criminal/intentional] conduct of [insert name of third party]. 49-50, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185.) Brady first contends that the trial court erred in excluding evidence that Groff's blood-alcohol level reflected in a postmortem toxicology report was .044 percent, slightly more than the .04 percent permitted by the FAA. to another if (a) his conduct is a substantial factor in bringing about the harm, and, (b) there is no rule of law relieving the actor from liability because of the, manner in which his negligence has resulted in the harm.’ Section 431 correctly, states California law as to the issue of causation in tort cases.” (, • “California has definitively adopted the substantial factor test of the Restatement, Second of Torts for cause-in-fact determinations. Then they descend, drop the fire retardant and exit low to avoid the other planes. 1) § 34, com. They were told to look for an ‘efficient intervening cause’ or a ‘supervening cause’ as if it made no difference whether after-occurring causes were reasonably foreseeable.”   (Id. 100, The court, however, has no discretion to admit irrelevant evidence. In upholding the exclusion of this evidence, the court reiterated that “ ‘[i]t has been repeatedly held that contributory negligence is not available as a defense or excuse for crime.’  [Citation.] It must set forth the actual evidence to be produced and not merely the facts or issues to be addressed and argued.”  (Id. Mail Stop 195601. The reference to. than that it was not. 432, it should be noted, makes no use of the term “superseding cause.” 8. In the present case, however, the court's instructions did focus on the need to determine whether the deaths of the two firefighters were the reasonably foreseeable consequences of Brady's conduct, rather than disconnected happenings. As in Roberts, the important question in the present case is whether an in-flight collision of aircraft attempting to extinguish a fire Brady recklessly set in the woods was foreseeable to a reasonable person in Brady's position. 3, 5, 148 F.2d 665, 666, “Our collective conscience does not allow punishment where it cannot impose blame.” ’ ”  (People v. Roberts, supra, at p. 316, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 276, 826 P.2d 274.) When he arrived he saw a trailer that had almost burnt to the ground. II. The committee also proposes revisions to the final paragraph of the instruction, which is statutorily required by Evidence Code section 646(c). Nevertheless, where the, facts are such that the only reasonable conclusion is an absence of causation, the, Cal.App.5th 136, 152 [241 Cal.Rptr.3d 209]. at p. 435; Saller, at pp. The motion for reconsideration contained a section labeled “Offer of Proof,” the relevant paragraph of which read in full as follows:  “Dr. Robertson put out a radio bulletin for officers to be on the lookout for a possible arson suspect driving a black jeep. 1) § 34, coms. In drawing that conclusion, the triers of fact are permitted to. The optional last sentence makes this, explicit, and in some cases it may be error not to give this sentence. 8.56, conflict with the court's instruction No. The, substantial factor standard, however, has been embraced as a clearer rule of, causation - one which subsumes the ‘but for’ test while reaching beyond it to, satisfactorily address other situations, such as those involving independent or, • “The term ‘substantial factor’ has not been judicially defined with specificity, and, indeed it has been observed that it is ‘neither possible nor desirable to reduce it, to any lower terms.’ This court has suggested that a force which plays only an, ‘infinitesimal’ or ‘theoretical’ part in bringing about injury, damage, or loss is not, a substantial factor. This opinion or order relates to an opinion … Substantial evidence was received showing that the collision occurred when Groff's plane unexpectedly approached the burn site in the wrong direction and at the wrong altitude, but the court excluded the additional proffered evidence on the ground of relevancy. But ‘[w]here the complexity of the causation issue is beyond, common experience, expert testimony is required to establish causation.’ ”, • “The Supreme Court . Both arguments were consistent with the court's instructions. . Janesville, WI 53547. 33 California Forms of Pleading and Practice, Ch. Microsoft Edge. In this regard, CALJIC Nos. He confirmed that the liquid mixture found in Brady's freezer contained methamphetamine manufactured by the ephedrine reduction process. After Brady's arrest, Grafft responded to the fire scene where he found the camping ring, a washtub, and a shovel without a handle. Civ. The former instructions, he asserts, precluded the jury from finding that Groff's conduct was a superseding cause that eliminated his responsibility for the air collision. (a));  manufacturing methamphetamine with special allegations that Groff and Stratte suffered great bodily injury and death during the commission of the offense (count three, Health & Saf.Code, §§ 11379.6, subd. 2. However, this, instruction dealt only by ‘negative implication’ with [defendant]’s theory that any, such defect was not a ‘substantial factor’ in this case because this particular. To access use the password (all caps): ENTER . SMS. The sentence in CACI No. Brady does not challenge the sufficiency of the evidence to support that finding, and evidence that Groff had become dehydrated and disoriented could not have affected that finding. He argues that the intervening acts of the pilot Groff and others were superseding causes that absolved him of responsibility for the two deaths. 673-677.) Defendants Franklin Neal Brady and Richard Carkeek Mortensen were accused of causing the deaths of two firefighter pilots who collided when responding to a fire that broke out near defendants' methamphetamine laboratory in a wooded area of Mendocino County. Rather it is sufficient that. 9, 239 Cal.Rptr. 848-849, 111 Cal.Rptr.2d 129, 29 P.3d 209.) A toxicologist testified that a sample of Mortensen's blood, taken after his arrest, tested positive for a large quantity of methamphetamine, indicating that he was a regular user. ), Under this instruction, a remote or trivial factor is not a substantial factor. In support of a pretrial motion to dismiss, Mortensen's attorney submitted a letter from a Dr. Donald R. Rogers, who opined that “At a blood alcohol level of 50 milligrams percent, judgment is often impaired, but no one appears intoxicated to a casual observer. read in conjunction with CACI No. This database is current through 11/6/20 Register 2020, No. Indeed, that is probably the chain of causation that a jury would consider most likely. 460-464;  Rest.3d, Torts (Proposed Final Draft No. ), Schmies, supra, 44 Cal.App.4th 38, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185 is instructive. . Blacklisting Cal. Civ. ‘The purpose of the criminal law is to define socially intolerable conduct, and to hold conduct within ․ limits ․ reasonably acceptable from the social point of view.’  [Citation.] 5 was inadequate because it failed to define “disconnected,” and that if disconnected means having no relationship to his act the instruction was incorrect. They tried to fight the fire but it grew too big. “The principles of causation apply to crimes as well as torts. When an alternate juror was substituted, the jury deliberated for an additional three days. CACI No. of Kennard, J.) The jury found that the midair collision that ultimately caused the deaths of the pilots was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of setting the fire. ), “[T]here is no bright line demarcating a legally sufficient proximate cause from one that is too remote. The Restatement formula, has such an effect in producing the harm as to lead reasonable men to regard it, Cal.Rptr.3d 14], internal citations omitted. ALWAYS pre-dissolve the (CaCI) and remove impurities by straining through cheesecloth. In the past 40 years, there have been a total of 30 deaths of aircraft personnel fighting fires in California. 92-93.) 521.) “An offer of proof should give the trial court an opportunity to change or clarify its ruling and in the event of appeal would provide the reviewing court with the means of determining error and assessing prejudice. The trial court failed to define “efficient intervening cause” or “supervening cause” (id. (a), 452.1, subd. University Programs. the court noted that subsection (1) of section 432 of the Restatement Second of Torts, which provides that ‘the actor’s negligent conduct is not a substantial factor in bringing about harm to another if the harm would have been sustained “Conduct,” in this context, refers to the culpable acts or omissions on which a claim of legal fault is based, e.g., negligence, product defect, breach of contract, or dangerous condition of public property. CACI No. It does not have to be the only cause of the harm. 9, 34 Cal.Rptr.2d 607, 882 P.2d 298, for definition of superseding cause];  People v. Roberts (1992) 2 Cal.4th 271, 315-320, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 276, 826 P.2d 274 [discussing similarities between analysis of causation in Palsgraf v. Long Island R.R. a defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s harm, then the defendant is responsible for the harm; a defendant cannot avoid, responsibility just because some other person, condition, or event was also a, substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s harm; but conduct is not a substantial, factor in causing harm if the same harm would have occurred without that, • “A tort is a legal cause of injury only when it is a substantial factor in producing, the injury. Provost told Robertson that she had seen a black jeep leaving the scene of the fire. 1600 Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy Tameny v. Atlantic Richfield Co. CACI No. CACI No. As such, the trial court did not err in refusing to instruct the jury with the but-for test.”, 6 Witkin, Summary of California Law (11th ed. “The jury could well have believed that except for that fall death would not have occurred. a, pp. 8.56 only on the ground that it is incorrect, an argument properly rejected by the trial court. ‘ “One is, is sometimes referred to as ‘but-for’ causation. Mortensen went back to the Edelman house and called 911. at pp. “[T]he fact that the officers may have shared responsibility or fault for the accident does nothing to exonerate defendant for his role.”  (Id. [Citations.] argued, would bar plaintiff from further pursuing her claims for negligent entrustment, hiring, and retention. It, is enough that he introduces evidence from which reasonable [persons] may, conclude that it is more probable that the event was caused by the defendant. You can contact the company via this phone number: (314) 729-1133.This business is categorised in business services, adjustment and collection services. Joe, Joey, Joe-Baby, Sexist: Where’s Your Imposter Syndrome? That the kind of harm resulting from [name of third party]'s conduct was different from the kind of harm that could have been reasonably  expected from [name of defendant]'s conduct.”   (CACI No. Although a number of the members of the family of Joe Edelman, who owned the trailer, testified that the trailer did not have electricity and that the generators had not worked for years, Nishiyama identified wires that may have been connected to the heating mantles and a power strip next to the mantles with what appeared to be remnants of plugs and wires leading into it. (Id. 400, Negligence—Essential Factual Elements. 1300 Sexual Battery Cal. Rogers will testify that pilot Groff's blood alcohol level at time of collision was .04 in violation of federal aviation regulations. The email address cannot be subscribed. opn. CDF Officer James Wattenburg, who was on the ground at the time of the collision, reported seeing Stratte's plane flying in pattern and then descending for its drop when a third plane approached from the wrong direction and collided with his plane. . 1600 Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy Tameny v. Atlantic Richfield Co. If Calcium Chloride (CaCI) is used, it must be used with caution as “more is NOT better”. The court first noted that defendant had failed to preserve the issue in the trial court, but proceeded to reiterate the well established rule “ ‘in criminal prosecutions that the contributory negligence of the victim is not a defense. It must be more than a, remote or trivial factor. “[T]he court finds that the mental state of the pilots who were victims of the unfortunate events in this case are not relevant;  that the issue of negligence of the pilots and whatever cause there may be for that negligence is, once again, not relevant nor admissible.”, a. That a reasonable person would consider [name of third party]'s conduct as a highly unusual or an extraordinary response to the situation;  [¶] 3. Brady's live-in girlfriend, Carolyn Roseborough, confirmed that Mortensen had visited their house on Sunday, August 26, and that he and Brady left for the trailer that evening after dinner. The act of another constitutes a superseding cause precluding responsibility of the initial actor only if the other's conduct is both unforeseeable and causes harm that was not the foreseeable consequence of the initial actor's conduct. “[C]ourts usually reduce the tests of proximate cause, both in direct and in intervening cause cases, to a question of foreseeability. 432 pertains to later third party negligent conduct while CACI No. Thus, “[t]he defendant remains criminally liable if either the possible consequence might reasonably have been contemplated or the defendant should have foreseen the possibility of harm of the kind that could result from his act.”  (People v. Crew (2003) 31 Cal.4th 822, 847, 3 Cal.Rptr.3d 733, 74 P.3d 820;  see also People v. Hebert (1964) 228 Cal.App.2d 514, 520, 39 Cal.Rptr. “Remote” often connotes a time, are brought long after exposure due to the long-term latent nature of asbestos-related, 1340, 1343-1344 [220 Cal.Rptr.3d 99] [cause of action for a latent injury or disease, generally accrues when the plaintiff discovers or should reasonably have discovered, the plaintiff has suffered a compensable injury].). ), (2013) 221 Cal.App.4th 180, 187 [164 Cal.Rptr.3d, (2016) 245 Cal.App.4th 362, 370 [199 Cal.Rptr.3d 522]. Accordingly, we consider the two appeals separately except to the extent that Brady has joined in Mortensen's arguments. The pilots did not die by fire, by smoke inhalation, by anything directly connected with the fire itself․ [¶] ․ [S]ince there is the intervening act it's called, the intervening event, the collision, you have to determine first of all whether or not that collision was foreseeable to someone in the defendants' position, a reasonable person starting a fire․ [¶] The second step is if it was foreseeable, reasonably foreseeable, something that someone would have considered, then was there causation ․ was the collision a direct causal result ․ of the fire. ... 432 Midland Road. There is, however, no evidence that engine failure caused the accident, and the evidence that the crash may have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning is highly speculative.13  “The trial court is vested with wide discretion in determining the relevance of evidence. a, pp. at p. 631, 3 Cal.Rptr.2d 343.) CDF Officer Larry Grafft heard the radio bulletin and responded to a location on Highway 101 where the black jeep had been pulled over. Michael Padilla, the CDF chief of aviation, testified that aircraft accidents while fighting wildfires are not unusual in California. Later in the day, he fell asleep on a couch. Pursuant to CDF protocol, the air tankers carrying fire retardant flew counterclockwise at an altitude of 1,000 to 1,500 feet until they reached the fire, and then descended to approximately 200 feet as they approached the drop site. 539.) The court sentenced Brady to a total of 13 years eight months in prison and Mortensen to seven years in prison. Brady was there and asked for help, so she went home to get water. If an intervening act, event or force is present, however, it is necessary to determine whether that act, event or force is sufficient to absolve the defendant of liability “because the ‘defendant may also be criminally liable for a result directly caused by his or her act, even though there is another contributing cause.’ ”  (People v. Cervantes (2001) 26 Cal.4th 860, 866-867, 111 Cal.Rptr.2d 148, 29 P.3d 225;  People v. Sanchez, supra, 26 Cal.4th at p. 847, 111 Cal.Rptr.2d 129, 29 P.3d 209 [“ ‘ “There may be more than one proximate cause of the death. Brady made no proffer showing that there is anything extraordinary, abnormal, or unforeseeable about Groff's failure to comply with aviation regulations. In Schmies, supra, 44 Cal.App.4th at page 55, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185, the court held that the “illegal and dangerous act by defendant caused the officers to pursue him and ultimately caused the fatal accident. In. Code § 1708.5 Defamation CACI 1700 Series Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress CACI No. Labor Code section 432 provides applicants and employees with a right to a copy of any document he or she signed. Moreover, any need for amplification was provided by the closing arguments of the attorneys. 165, (1991) 54 Cal.3d 1041, 1052 [1 Cal.Rptr.2d. Code §§ 1050 and 1054 Solicitation to Relocate by Misrepresentation Cal. While it may be argued that “trivial” and “infinitesimal” are synonyms, a very, 79 [86 Cal.Rptr.2d 846, 980 P.2d 398].) Accordingly, evidence of the unreasonableness of the officers' conduct was not relevant because the negligence of the officers was not a defense to the charges against the defendant. 1), “When a force of nature or an independent act is also a factual cause of physical harm, an actor's liability is limited to those harms that result from  the risks that made the actor's conduct tortious.” 10  Expressed in this manner, it becomes clear that so long as the midair collision of aircraft engaged in fighting the fire was among the risks foreseeably created by recklessly starting the fire, Brady is responsible for the collision and its consequences. In a subsequent motion for reconsideration of the ruling excluding the evidence, he reiterated that Rogers will “opine that Groff's alcohol consumption could have caused Groff's erratic flying during his last flight.” 9  No offer was made to have Dr. Rogers or anyone else opine that Groff's judgment was impaired by alcohol consumption. 11, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 276, 826 P.2d 274. Brady contends that the trial court's instructions and exclusion of evidence precluded the jury from properly determining the issue of proximate cause. using the CACI Portal, see the CACI Portal User Guide, and. The ‘but for’ rule has, traditionally been applied to determine cause in fact. (People v. Sanchez, supra, 26 Cal.4th at pp. He will further opine that Groff's alcohol consumption could have caused Groff's erratic flying during his last flight.”, 10. Grow with us. Other witnesses confirmed that Groff's plane was flying very low, below the tree line, and in the opposite direction than the other planes had been flying. Brady's primary arguments relate to whether his conduct in starting the fire proximately caused the deaths of the two pilots. “ ‘In general, an “independent” intervening cause will absolve a defendant of criminal liability. [Fn. 539), and the appellate court concluded that “in an effort to understand the full purport of the instructions the minds of the jurors would have been distracted from the question of foreseeability of future injury. This assessment is in full accord with the principles long articulated by California court's. 430. Code §§ 1050 and 1054 Solicitation to Relocate by Misrepresentation Cal. For the jury to have found Groff's flying with alcohol in his system to be a superseding cause, it would have been required to find not only that Groff's conduct was unforeseeable, but that the resulting fatal collision was also unforeseeable. To accomplish these purposes an offer of proof must be specific. . at p. 321, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 276, 826 P.2d 274.) Nonetheless, under neither approach is a defendant relieved of liability by an intervening criminal act that is within the scope of the risk created by defendant's conduct. 51, 53, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185 .) Defendant had stabbed a fellow inmate named Gardner, who chased him up a flight of stairs and ultimately stabbed and killed the guard at the top of the stairs. The issue of proximate causation is increasingly being viewed in terms of the scope of the risk created by the wrongdoer's conduct. If Calcium Chloride (CaCI) is used, it must be used with caution as “more is NOT better”. Subsection (1) of section 432 provides: ‘Except as stated in Subsection (2), the, . 463.) Moreover, even if the evidence of Groff's blood-alcohol level had been admitted, the outcome would necessarily have been the same. at p. 56, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185.). In arguing foreseeability to the jury, Brady's attorney acknowledged that the death of a single aircraft pilot engaged in fighting a forest fire is a reasonably foreseeable consequence of starting such a fire, but urged that a midair collision killing two pilots is far more unlikely and thus unforeseeable. ed.1998) http://www.oed.com)-when read in conjunction with the rest of the sentence, is not inconsistent with the law of proximate cause. ), “ ‘[T]he law defines “cause” in its own particular way.’ ”   (Mitchell v. Gonzales (1991) 54 Cal.3d 1041, 1053, 1 Cal.Rptr.2d 913, 819 P.2d 872.) Donald Lykins, a retired pilot and aircraft accident investigator, testified that the normal pattern for tankers is to fly in a counterclockwise pattern, at an altitude of about 3,000 feet, circling left until the supervising plane gives the drop signal. ), 7. We recommend using 985.) 48-49, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185.) (1994) 8 Cal.4th 548, 572-573 [34 Cal.Rptr.2d 607, 882 P.2d 298]; (2003) 30 Cal.4th 1232, 1240 [135 Cal.Rptr.2d 629, 70. (See People v. Bland (2002) 28 Cal.4th 313, 338, 121 Cal.Rptr.2d 546, 48 P.3d 1107 [CALJIC Nos. ), In any event, Brady's attempt to define Groff's “intentional misconduct of flying under the influence of alcohol” as a superseding cause of the pilots' deaths is unavailing. Causation: Substantial Factor. (Rest.3d, Torts (Proposed Final Draft No. Lab. CDF Officer Ceriani, an expert on the use of solvents and accelerants in the investigation of wildfires, investigated the fire on August 27. In other words, ․ did the fire have ․ anything to do with this collision?”   Thus, both attorneys focused the jury's attention on the critical question of whether the deaths of the two firefighters responding to the fire that Brady started were reasonably foreseeable consequences of setting the fire. . Based on the placement of the glassware that he found, he also believed the trailer was an operational lab, not merely a storage facility. ], New September 2003; Revised October 2004, June 2005, December 2005, December, As phrased, this definition of “substantial factor” subsumes the “but for” test of, causation, that is, “but for” the defendant’s conduct, the plaintiff’s harm would not, 913, 819 P.2d 872]; see Rest.2d Torts, § 431.) Lab. 99 and the natural and probable consequences doctrine applicable in criminal law];  Schmies, supra, 44 Cal.App.4th at p. 49, 51 Cal.Rptr.2d 185 [relying on the Rest.2d Torts, 442A, p. 468, for definition of superseding cause]. Brady argues that this evidence would have relieved him of liability “(a) if flying under the influence was a concurrent cause of his death, and (b) if such intentional misconduct was not reasonably foreseeable.”   The initial problem with Brady's position is that his offer of proof did not extend as far as his argument. Co. (1928) 248 N.Y. 339, 162 N.E. CACI No. It learned that the accident was not the more common collision of a single aircraft engaged in fighting a forest fire, but occurred when Groff's plane approached the fire zone from the wrong direction and at the wrong altitude, colliding with the second plane. Officer Mark McNelly, a special agent with the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force at the time of the fire, also examined the burnt-out trailer. Justia - California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (2020) 502. (2015) 61 Cal.4th 339, 354 [188 Cal.Rptr.3d 309, (2018) 26 Cal.App.5th 284, 290 [236 Cal.Rptr.3d, California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) (2020). 5 Cal.App.4th 234, 253 [7 Cal.Rptr.2d 101], relying on Rest.2d Torts, § 433B, • “As a general matter, juries may decide issues of causation without hearing, expert testimony. .’ ‘[C]ausation in fact is ultimately a, matter of probability and common sense: “[A plaintiff] is not required to, eliminate entirely all possibility that the defendant’s conduct was not a cause. As Brady acknowledges, “It was held that proximate causation was lacking, because the disease, while the de facto result of the wound, was unforeseeable.”   Thus, dying of scarlet fever was not the natural and probable consequence of the initial wound. Neither pilot survived the collision. of causation, as on other issues essential to the cause of, action for negligence, the plaintiff, in general, has the burden of proof. 539, upon which Brady relies. Neighbors Chris Fisher and Jennifer Provost were at the scene when Robertson arrived. 294-295, 6 Cal.Rptr.2d 276, 826 P.2d 274.) Brady's doctors and relatives testified that Brady had a history of hemorrhoidal problems and that he had taken sitz baths to soothe his hemorrhoids in the past. Subscribe. When you join CACI, your educational journey is just beginning! If an intervening cause is a normal and reasonably foreseeable result of defendant's original act the intervening act is ‘dependent’ and not a superseding cause, and will not relieve defendant of liability.”  [Citations.] On the morning of August 27, he and Brady went to the trailer to store some additional equipment. CACI No. SMU Dedman School of Law professor Joanna L. 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