Judge nixes retrial of Blake civil case

April 10, 2006 at 5:08 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 10 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday rejected Robert Blake's request for a retrial in the wrongful death suit filed by the children of his late wife.

Blake, who was acquitted in a criminal trial of killing Bonny Lee Bakley, was found liable in the civil trial and ordered to pay her survivors $30 million.

The refusal to grant a new trial means the $30 million verdict stands, E! Online reported.

The civil jury ruled 10-2 in November that the actor "intentionally caused" his wife's 2001 death. Blake's legal team cited juror misconduct in seeking a new trial.

The motion for a new trial was submitted late last week after another judge rejected the "Baretta" star's attempt to declare bankruptcy.

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