Blake appeals wrongful death verdict

May 9, 2006 at 3:17 PM
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LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) -- The attorney who helped Robert Blake get acquitted of killing his wife has appealed the $30 million wrongful death verdict against the actor.

Criminal attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach did not defend Blake in the civil trial brought by the children of Bonnie Lee Bakley, E! Online reported. But he re-entered the actor's case Monday, filing a notice of appeal of the November jury verdict with California's 2nd District Court of Appeals.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Schacter rejected an appeal filed by Blake last month.

Schwartzbach and Blake's civil attorney, Peter Ezzell, claim in their appeal that the jury wanted to make an example of their client and "send a message" that celebrities cannot use their fame to get out of crimes.

Blake was acquitted of Bakley's killing in March 2005. She was shot to death in their car while waiting for her husband outside a restaurant.

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