Nick Gordon’s attorneys filed legal papers yesterday, asking the court to delay the wrongful death lawsuit he’s facing since he discovered the Fulton County District Attorney is convening a grand jury to seek criminal charges against him in Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death.
Nick’s attorneys expressed concern about the media attention that would come from the wrongful death lawsuit.
[The media attention would] unfairly, legally and financially prejudiced should he be subject to parallel criminal and civil proceedings.”
According to Nick, the wrongful death lawsuit paints him out to be:
a murderer, a habitual batterer of women, a seducer of young white females, a thief and/or con-man fueled by monetary gain, and a chemist capable of making a toxic cocktail.”
The filing also points out that any statements he makes in the civil court proceedings could be used against him in the criminal proceedings.
So why do this? It sounds like Nick’s attorneys are concerned about what he could say while being questioned in the civil lawsuit. See, while people can invoke the 5th Amendment rights not to say anything that might incriminate themselves in a criminal case, they cannot do so in a civil case.
That’s probably why Bobbi Kristina’s conservator filed the wrongful death lawsuit: it would force Nick to talk, under oath, about the night Bobbi Kristina was found facedown in a bathtub. Since he won’t talk to the police, it’s the only way to compel Nick to give more information. He might slip up and incriminate himself while testifying in the civil case (the wrongful death lawsuit), which the prosecutor could then use in the criminal case. So you see why Nick’s attorneys want the wrongful death case postponed. At least, that’s my understanding: I do need to point out that I am not a lawyer ;). It’ll be interesting to see if the judge agrees to delay it or not.
Photos by FAMEFLYNET