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Stabbing of fan at Dodgers' home opener was self-defense, jury rules

A man charged with stabbing a fellow Dodger fan at the team's home opener in April was found not guilty of attempted murder today by a Los Angeles jury.

Kate Hardie, a deputy public defender who represented Arthur Alvarez, 32, argued that her client stabbed the victim in self-defense during a fight. The jury agreed.

Alvarez, a reputed gang member, had attended the Dodgers' home opener against the San Francisco Giants with a couple and another man, police said.

Investigators said Alvarez and the other man began quarreling, and Alvarez stabbed the 30-year-old man several times in the arm, back and torso. Alvarez then fled in a black Ford pickup, they said.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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He is a known gang member - stabs a guy then he fleds from the scene....there is really something wrong here. If you know you didn't do anything wrong - why would you flee?

Of course! An innocent man will always stab an unarmed man "multiple times in the neck back and torso"and then flee (like the coward he is) in a pick-up truck. Methinks this was not the first nor the last time this "innocent man" Alvarez visits our court system. Ms. Hardie must be ever-so proud of herself!

FUNNY STORY___ I attended a game at the stadium in 2003 and witnessed the same thing happen when Barry Bonds and the giants came to town. IT WAS THE ONE AND ONLY GAME I WILL EVER ATTEND. I wonder what happened in that knifing incident?????

Any surprise to this? For one prosecuted in LA County...definitely a jury of his peers. Second, a gang member stabbing another in self defense. I was there on that day. This guy got out of his vehicle and stabbed him because the victim of the stabbing threw a beer bottle at the "gang members" vehicle. In self defense...he stabbed him. Right...again county is in need of some cleaning.

How can a stab in the back constitute self-defense?

wOW! Great story! Reputed gang member, stabs another man and runs away. And found not guilty? Why the heck did he have a knife at a Dodger game. Why did he flee the scene? Damn! If I ever have to go to court for a major crime like attempted murder, I want that jury!

That's the Jury that I want on my case, please get me their names. Oh yeah I always carry a weapon in public, cuz Im not a criminal..

I know some of you really did not just ask why one would bring a knife to a Dodgers game.. obviously yall are some angels fan who all kumbaya with each other during the games. Its the dodgers vs giants you know there will be fights so why not take something to protect your self. and this comment just irritates me "For one prosecuted in LA County...definitely a jury of his peers." are you serious?? just because LA has a heavy latino population you think the jury was on his side?? give me a break. Im not saying that going to a ball game and stabbing someone is an okay thing to do, but we really dont know the details of what happend.

Los Angeles juries are the laughing stock of the USA. Just wait
for the late night Jesters to pounce on this jury nullification.

Don't you think that if he was acquitted of the charges, don't you think he probably had a reason? the jury found him innocent. i'm almost certain the DA would've picked a jury that would just as likely sentence him as guilty. I was surprised it was against a fellow Dodger fan and not the typical Giants fan trying to represent in Chavez Ravine.... tip for giant fans: don't come here. watch the game on tv. its safer...

It's amazing how people crucify without any firsthand knowledge! Anyone know how many acquitals happen in LA County courts? Not a lot. If a jury, presumably 12 reasonable people, who listened to the evidence presented by the prosecuter at trial, found Alvarez not guilty, how can anyone who was not present take a stand to the contrary? And where in the article does it say the man was unarmed? And the article says Alvarez was a "reputed" gang member. Quite possibly labeled as such by police for wearing the wrong clothes and coming from the wrong part of town. Maybe a shaved head, too. Because we all know that if you have a shaved head you're a gangbabger, right?Innocent people do get accused, or do none of you posters bother to keep up on the number of incarcerated people proved innocent through DNA evidence, some after spending decades in prison. Those of you who would make judgments based on little to no information deserve to face like- minded folks in juries of your own. Then perhaps you might wish to have the services of Ms. Hardie and appreciate a case for its facts and not 8 line blurbs.

To point out how one cannot take media reports as fact...Alvarez was NOT found not guilty of attempted murder by the jury. In fact, the attempted murder charges were dismissed by the judge after the prosecution's case due to insufficient evidence. Alvarez was found not guilty by the jury of a assault charge, the charge left after the JUDGE had dismissed the attempted murder.

The guy probably stabbed another gang member that was a bigger looser then him. That is why they are not making a big deal out of this crime.

What a poor article. It omitted the most interesting fact; why did the jury find him "not guilty"? Was it race "norming" by a mostly Hispanic jury, or were there other important factors, such as the stabbing victim pulling a knife or gun? It seems as if I'll never know, as the late Paul Harvey would say, "the rest of the story."

Actually, the incident in 2003 was a shooting in the parking lot. I was at that game, and it was pretty scary seeing a search helicopter circling Dodger Stadium.


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