Prominent trial lawyer joins Dietrich civil case

A prominent attorney is working on a $10 million civil lawsuit against the Dietrich School District, the Twin Falls Times-News reports.

Mark Lanier of Houston is working on behalf of the family of a black, mentally disabled student, who was the victim of a grisly sexual assault in a locker room. In the suit, the student’s family says district officials knew — or should have known — about an escalating pattern of bullying that culminated in the October 2015 attack.

“It’s outrageous. It’s horrible,” Lanier told the Times-News last week. “As a lawyer, if I can help in a case like this and I don’t, they ought to take away my bar card.”

In 2016, the National Trial Lawyers Association named Lanier Trial Lawyer of the Year after he won several high-profile decisions, including a $1 billion-plus case against Johnson & Johnson.

More reading: Dietrich’s superintendent will step down, while a judge who presided over the criminal trial in the Dietrich assault faces an investigation.

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