Jury Decides for Circus in Suit by 2 Activists

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - An attorney for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says jurors needed less than two hours to decide in favor of the circus after two animal rights activists had claimed they were harassed for trying to videotape the backstage treatment of animals.

In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Jose in 2011, Deniz Bolbol and Joseph Patrick Cuviello had claimed they were harassed when Ringling employees pointed lasers at their video cameras and used ropes and water blasts to interfere with their taping of the animals at San Jose's HP Pavilion in August 2010.

But Ringling's attorney, Ruby Kazi, told the San Jose Mercury News that when jurors went out at 2:47 p.m. Thursday they returned at 4:05 p.m., deciding unanimously in favor of the circus.

Bolbol and Cuviello say they will continue to press for animal rights.


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