January 13, 2016 6:48 p.m.
Parents of a Saugus woman murdered in 2011 sued Alcoholics Anonymous when they learned she met her killer through AA.Hector and Jaroslava Mendez of Sylmar said they were seeking justice for their murdered daughter, Karla Brada, when they filed a wrongful death lawsuit. But on Tuesday they learned the list of defendants named in the lawsuit no longer includes the organization they believe could have prevented her death.Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rita J. Miller dismissed the Mendez lawsuit Tuesday against the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous Inc. and Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. on Tuesday.A San Fernando Superior Court jury found Eric Earle guilty in 2014 of murdering Brada by willfully and deliberately smothering her to death between the night of Aug. 31, 2011, and the morning of Sept. 1, 2011, inside the couple’s Saugus condominium. He was sentenced in 2014 to 26 years in prison.For Brada’s parents, AA was to blame for failing to prevent the murder because Brada met Earle at AA meetings.And, while their lawsuit continues against other defendants named — Earle himself and Brada’s AA sponsors — the two most prominent defendants representing AA headquarters were officially dismissed from the case.
The news was bittersweet for the lawyer who has struggled to hold AA accountable for the circumstances he believed led to Brada’s death.
“We’re disappointed that they let the New York AA out of the suit,” Valencia attorney John W. Noland said Wednesday.
“California law isn’t supportive of civil rights,” he said. “If this case had been heard in a different state, They (AA) might not have been released.”
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So California is not supportive of Civil RIghts? WOW—- we need media and lawyers, activists and people who care about Civil Rights in California.
We know AA in NY knew that Violent offenders have been not only court ordered by judges and the plea deals , but AA in NY has Literature teaching members how to go into prisons and bring them out and into meetings for 50 + years. Long before Drug Court even began.
They are still suing the Sponsors and Eric ….
Blog away !
FYI- Its only NY AA that was dismissed. Not Local AA in LA.