Tiger victm's family hires noted defense attorney
By Ari Burack
January 14, 2008
The family of a 17-year-old San Jose boy fatally mauled by a
tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day has hired high-profile
defense attorney Michael Cardoza, a representative with Cardoza's
law office confirmed today.
Cardoza, a former Alameda County prosecutor who maintains an
office in Walnut Creek, is representing the family of Carlos Sousa
Jr., who was killed by a 350-pound Siberian tiger that escaped
from her grotto.
Two of Sousa's friends, San Jose brothers Amritpal Dhaliwal,
19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, were injured during the attack.
Cardoza, who provides legal analysis for several national TV
and radio outlets, also represented Sharon Smith, the domestic
partner of Dianne Whipple, in the San Francisco fatal dog mauling
case, and assisted defense attorney Mark Geragos in the Scott
Peterson murder trial.
Geragos has been hired to represent the Dhaliwals. Both the city
of San Francisco and the zoo could be named in lawsuits from both
On Wednesday, a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge will
preside over a hearing to determine whether the San Francisco
city attorney's office will be allowed to inspect the Dhaliwals'
cell phones and car for possible evidence, allegedly pointing
to alcohol and/or drug use, according to the city attorney's office.
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