Both sides in Deshaun Watson litigation make accusations of evidence destruction

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When it comes to legal proceedings, it’s critical that the parties involved never destroy relevant evidence. In the 22 cases pending against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, both sides are accusing the other of destroying evidence.

During a Thursday status conference, attorney Rusty Hardin said that some of the plaintiffs have been destroying or altering evidence, via Ivory Hecker of FOX 26. Attorney Tony Buzbee denied the it’s happening, accusing Hardin of making the allegation in order to get a headline. Buzbee also accused Watson of unsending Instagram messages to his accusers.

The judge said that both sides are on notice to preserve evidence, and that the court will follow through. In cases like this, the judge has broad discretion to sanction spoliation of evidence, if it’s happening. In some cases, it could be that a party tried to delete digital evidence but that the evidence still exists.

Meanwhile, Hardin told the court that he still can’t properly identify four of the 22 plaintiffs, complaining that Buzbee hasn’t provided social security numbers and driver’s license information. Buzbee said it’s unheard of to provide this information.

Buzbee was accompanied in court by six women, presumably plaintiffs in the various cases. Buzbee had said that 12 of the 22 plaintiffs were insisting on attending. All parties had the right to be present.

11 responses to “Both sides in Deshaun Watson litigation make accusations of evidence destruction

  1. Has anyone mentioned if Watson has shown up for OTA’s in the midst of all this?

  2. Only six of what now appears to be 18 plaintiffs appeared with Buzbee. Care to venture a guess as to how many plaintiffs will remain after the first depositions are completed? But first Hardin gets to ask for information via written questions to set up the digital depositions, under oath, that will bring possible perjury into view. And, at trial, the age-old question will be asked whenever a plaintiff claims to have misspoke; “Were you lying then, or are you lying now? Is a deadlocked Houston jury a possibility, or will the jury find for Watson within a day after the beginning of deliberations?

  3. Hardin knows good and well he’s only entitled to that information via discovery. That’s why they call it “discovery.”

  4. justwondering says:
    April 22, 2021 at 9:39 pm
    Only six of what now appears to be 18 plaintiffs appeared with Buzbee. Care to venture a guess as to how many plaintiffs will remain after the first depositions are completed? But first Hardin gets to ask for information via written questions to set up the digital depositions, under oath, that will bring possible perjury into view. And, at trial, the age-old question will be asked whenever a plaintiff claims to have misspoke; “Were you lying then, or are you lying now? Is a deadlocked Houston jury a possibility, or will the jury find for Watson within a day after the beginning of deliberations?
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    The possibility of perjury applies to Watson as well. If he was smart, he would have settled this thing before it became the circus in is today

  5. Im not familiar with Instagram, so this may sound like a stupid question… But, how do you “unsend” a message??

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