No word on inspection request in tiger case

Lawyers for the city of San Francisco were still awaiting word at midday Tuesday on their request for a voluntary inspection of the cell phones and car of two brothers who were mauled by a zoo tiger on Christmas Day.

Matt Dorsey, a spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera, said, “We don’t have an agreement.”

Herrera on Friday asked attorney Mark Geragos, the attorney for brothers Paul and Kulbir Dhaliwal, to allow simultaneous inspections by experts for the city and for the brothers of the young men’s car and possible images in their cell phones.

The cell phones and car are being held by the San Francisco Police Department, where a spokeswoman said an investigation is ongoing.

But Geragos fired back Monday with a request for immediate release of the phones and car along with information aboutzoo workers who may have interacted with the brothers after the tiger escaped its grotto.

Herrera then wrote back asking for a “clear written response” to the inspection request by Monday night, but Dorsey said today there have been no new developments in the exchange of requests.

The 350-pound Siberian tiger, Tatiana, killed Carlos Sousa, 17, of San Jose, and injured Paul Dhaliwal, 19, and Kulbir Dhaliwal, 23, also of San Jose. The tiger was fatally shot by police at the zoo cafe, where it had followed the two brothers.

Herrera said in the letter to Geragos last week that the “digital content” of the cell phone “may help reconstruct what happened at the tiger exhibit and cafe.”

Herrera also wrote, “There have also been reports that there is evidence in your clients’ car of possible alcohol consumption.”

Geragos said in Monday’s response that he had been told by San Francisco police that the department has no legal authority to continue holding the phones and car.

The attorney charged that the zoo and the city are legally liable for “the fact that [the zoo] let a deadly animal get out of its cage and attack zoo patrons.”

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