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Tracey Mason v. Jessica Sazo: A woman who was injured in an Interstate 95 accident was awarded nearly $156,000 by a Bridgeport jury even though she didn’t take the stand at her trial. With offer of compromise interest and costs, the total award is supposed to be just over $195,000.

The plaintiff’s lawyers took the unusual civil trial strategy of not allowing their client to testify because of her checkered past, which included drug addiction and two felony narcotics convictions. “We knew that if we put her on the stand and they heard about her past we’d have a real tough road to travel,” said one of the plaintiff’s lawyers, Joseph De Lucia, of De Lucia & Levine in Bridgeport.

De Lucia, who tried the case with Nicole Levine, said that bar colleagues have been buzzing since the move paid off. “Everybody was amazed. How can you get $156,000 from a jury [following] a $25,000 offer from the defendant when you don’t have your plaintiff testify?” said De Lucia. “That’s what got everybody’s attention.”

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