Six Degrees of Schwarzenegger

Quadriplegics lawsuit claims botched bounty hunt was no coincidence

"Once he started—once he started describing that he was suing all of these manufacturers and so forth, I—I really hadn't put two and two together," Atilano said. "But then he started—he started describing manufacturing companies that he was suing. And at that point, that's when I put two and two together."

"In 23 years of practice, I don't believe I've ever heard a more incredible story than what I heard from Mr. Atilano during his deposition," said William Chapman, Bostick's Santa Ana-based attorney. "I believe I started laughing out loud. I know I at least had a smirk on my face because I couldn't believe what was coming out of his mouth. You could almost make a list of all these coincidences and ask if it's all real."

Chapman says the photographs of Bostick, the tape recordings and Atilano's offer to give them to Nalley while he was being sued are evidence that the botched raid was no accident.

"What's most offensive is that Mr. Atilano has testified under oath that my client stood up and opened the door," Chapman said. "Mr. Bostick is an amazing individual and works out as much as he can to build up what's left of his body. But to say he stood up and answered the door is to say he's faking the whole injury. That is offensive to me, and I believe it would be offensive to most people, including a jury."

NSCHOU@OCWEEKLY.COM

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