Kevin Brown court case verdict may come next week
Jurors deliberating sex allegations against Ewart Brown’s doctor son will not deliver verdicts until next week, after being sent home for the weekend.
Kevin Brown, a 40-year-old physician, is accused of sexually abusing 11 female patients when he gave them inappropriate breast and pelvic examinations at his South Los Angeles practice.
His alleged victims include a 15-year-old girl and an undercover cop who participated in a police sting in 2008 that led to his arrest. He denies 30 felony counts, ranging from sexual exploitation to forcible rape. He could face life in prison if convicted.
The jury in the case was sent out to consider verdicts on Thursday afternoon, following a trial lasting almost three weeks. According to Los Angeles Superior Court spokeswoman Patricia Kelly, jurors in Los Angeles are allowed to go home for nights and weekends while in the midst of deliberations.
Ms Kelly explained the “sheer volume” of charges being considered means a verdict could take until the end of next week, as each count needs to be considered individually.
According to the
Los Angeles Times, prosecutor Ann Marie Wise told the jury during her closing speech that Kevin Brown used his practice as “his personal playground,” where anyone who came in “was his prey”.
However, the paper reported, defence attorney Edi Faal called the accusations outright lies. Mr Faal said the authorities had a vendetta against Kevin Brown because he had previously been acquitted in two other sexual assault cases.
Mr Faal also alleged bias because one of the alleged victims was the niece of an Los Angeles Police Department officer.
Kevin Brown has been supported by his father, Bermuda’s former Premier, who has been present in court during the trial.