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Newz Forum: HOCKEY: Bertuzzi assault case pushed back to August

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posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 06:41 PM
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VANCOUVER, British Colombia (AP) - Todd Bertuzzi's assault case was pushed back to Aug. 10 to give his lawyers more time to examine police evidence disclosed by prosecutors.
 

The case was supposed to resume Thursday, but prosecution and defense lawyers appeared in court to ask for more time. Bertuzzi's lawyer, Len Doust, said there are no difficulties in the process just a lot of information from the police investigation to examine. Bertuzzi, who plays for the Vancouver Canucks, was charged with assaulting Colorado's Steve Moore during a game.

An arraignment date will likely be set when the case resumes on Aug. 10.

"Aside from the media attention this case is being treated in an ordinary fashion, although there was a significant police investigation resulting in a large amount of material that we have to sift through," prosecution spokesman Geoff Gaul said.

He wouldn't discuss how many witnesses the prosecution plans to call or the nature of the evidence against Bertuzzi.

"It's our belief we have a strong case of substance," Gaul said.

"For the accused and the public, I don't want to give this impression that we are trying this case in the media," he said. "Mr. Bertuzzi, like any other accused, is to be presumed innocent."

If convicted, the 29-year-old player could face a penalty ranging from jail time to a guilty decision with no criminal record. Bertuzzi was suspended indefinitely by the NHL, missing 13 regular-season games and seven postseason games, losing nearly $502,000 in salary, following his blind-side punch to Moore's head on March 8 in Vancouver.

Moore was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, post-concussion symptoms and amnesia. Nerves in the neck area were stretched. It was not known then when, or if, the Colorado Avalanche center would play again.

Bertuzzi has not been seen in public since Vancouver's playoff game April 19, after which Canucks players presented game-worn sweaters to selected fans. Bertuzzi received a huge ovation when he walked onto the ice wearing his No. 44 sweater over a shirt and tie. He hugged a fan, waved to admirers and went back in the dressing room.




posted on Jul, 22 2004 @ 09:29 PM
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Bertuzzi is a good guy who just got pissed off and lost it one time. His record is pretty good too. They will let him off



posted on Jul, 25 2004 @ 01:30 AM
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Originally posted by sniper474
Bertuzzi is a good guy who just got pissed off and lost it one time. His record is pretty good too. They will let him off


It was uncalled for. Come on grabbing a guy shirt from behind and then hooking him to the face. The fans wanted to see rough checking between the two, or a fight where the other guy had a chance to retaliate. Bertuzzi's actions reduced him to that of a sissy. The shirt pulling from behind followed by the hook was cheap beyond all things.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 12:30 PM
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Originally posted by websurfer


It was uncalled for. Come on grabbing a guy shirt from behind and then hooking him to the face. The fans wanted to see rough checking between the two, or a fight where the other guy had a chance to retaliate. Bertuzzi's actions reduced him to that of a sissy. The shirt pulling from behind followed by the hook was cheap beyond all things.


I know, but still, he was just really mad, and accidently took it out on the guy. Funny thing is, everybody goes on about the sucker punch, when what did Moore in, was when he hit the ice.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 09:06 PM
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Hey, being a professional means just that, professional. That means you don't give excuses for your actions, and accept responsibility for them. Being mad is just an excuse. He still put the other guy in th ehospital. And that is uncalled for.



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 10:42 PM
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Originally posted by Gibbs Baby!!!
Hey, being a professional means just that, professional. That means you don't give excuses for your actions, and accept responsibility for them. Being mad is just an excuse. He still put the other guy in th ehospital. And that is uncalled for.


Moore probably lost consiousness after the hook landed and hit his head against the ice hard, which was the reason for his unusual behavior. Either that or Moore is just a sissy that's making a big deal out of it. I see no F***** reason for the neck brace. People get injured in hockey, the bottom line is that there was no fair play. The other guy had no chance of retaliating from the hook.

[Edited on 7/26/04 by websurfer]



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 10:50 PM
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Originally posted by websurfer
Moore probably lost consiousness after the hook landed and hit his head against the ice hard, which was the reason for his unusual behavior. Either that or Moore is just a sissy that's making a big deal out of it. I see no F***** reason for the neck brace. People get injured in hockey, the bottom line is that there was no fair play. The other guy had no chance of retaliating from the hook.

[Edited on 7/26/04 by websurfer]



Moore was hospitalized with three fractured vertebrae, facial cuts, post-concussion symptoms and amnesia. Nerves in the neck area were stretched. It was not known then when, or if, the Colorado Avalanche center would play again.


Seems reason enough to me...



posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 11:13 PM
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Originally posted by websurfer
I see no F***** reason for the neck brace.
[Edited on 7/26/04 by websurfer]


Doctors can get sued for not puttin the neck brace on, because if there is no neck brace, and there has been some damage done to it, then they could be seriously injured by moving it the wrong way. It's just extra insurance. Every time you see someone carried off in a stretcher they have a neck brace on. It's not as if it was something that only Moore did.




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