Glendale jury deliberates Ritter lawsuit trial

March 13, 2008 5:51:18 PM PDT
GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) - A Superior Court jury in Glendale, California, is deliberating in a lawsuit against two doctors over the death of actor John Ritter in 2003. The case went to the jury Thursday morning and in the afternoon the panel asked to see notes kept by one of the doctors on the night Ritter died.

The jury was given copies of notes made by Dr. Joseph Lee, the cardiologist who treated Ritter at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

Ritter's family is seeking $67 million in damages from Lee and a radiologist.

The lawsuit claims the radiologist failed to spot an enlarged aorta after giving the actor a body scan two years before his death and that the cardiologist committed malpractice after Ritter was brought to the emergency room.

Ritter was diagnosed with a heart attack but actually died from a torn aorta.

The doctors' lawyers told the jury in closing arguments that the physicians did nothing wrong.