Herrera calls on tiger attack survivors
to preserve cell phone evidence
City Attorney Dennis Herrera penned a letter to defense attorney
Mark Geragos yesterday requesting Geragos' clients Paul Dhaliwal,
19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, to preserve potential cell-phone
evidence related to the tiger mauling death of Carlos Sousa at
the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day.
Photo by Luke
By Ari Burack
January 5, 2008
The San Francisco City Attorney has asked the lawyer for the
two surviving victims of the recent tiger attack at San Francisco
Zoo to instruct them not to tamper with any of their possessions
currently being held by police as part of a criminal investigation
into the incident.
from City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent Friday to high-profile
attorney Mark Geragos, who reportedly has agreed to represent
San Jose brothers Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23,
also proposes a simultaneous inspection of the brothers' car and
cell phones by experts hired by Geragos and experts from the city
Herrera said the digital content of the cell phones might help
reconstruct what happened at the tiger exhibit, where the brothers'
friend Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, was fatally mauled, and at the Terrace
Cafe, where the brothers reportedly ran to escape the tiger and
where the tiger followed them and was fatally shot by police.
Without naming either the brothers or Sousa, Zoo director Manuel
Wednesday that he believed Tatiana, a 350-pound Siberian tiger,
had been provoked somehow into leaping over the tiger exhibit's
wall and attacking the three young men.
Both brothers survived the attack with claw and bite wounds.
Herrera said he had learned police asked the brothers for permission
to examine images and other contents of their cell phones, and
"Your clients refused to cooperate with this request,"
Herrera wrote. "Consequently, no one has examined this potentially
Herrera also cited media reports of evidence in the brothers'
car of possible alcohol consumption.
"We trust that you will immediately agree to preserve all
of your clients' personal property that may be returned by the
police and guarantee that the contents of the phones and car are
not destroyed or altered in any way," Herrera said.
Geragos was not immediately available for comment on whether
he would agree to the request.
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