Computer Engineer Hans Reiser’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit Begins

Finally, after four years of conviction for the death of his wife, computer engineer Hans Reiser’s wrongful death lawsuit begins.

In the said lawsuit, Reiser will act as his own lawyer and will be giving his own opening statement.

During a jury selection day, Reiser asked the potential jurors if it is immoral to kill a person abusing his children. Reiser insisted in his statement that killing is the only way to stop his own wife from causing harm to his children.

However, the Alameda County Superior CourtJudge, Dennis Hayashi warned Reiser of using the same reason during the trial to justify killing his own wife.

In 2008, Reiser was convicted in the killing of his wife. In fact, Reiser’s conviction earned an extensive nationwide media coverage. Records show that Nina Reiser disappeared after dropping off their two kids, Roruy Reiser and Niorline Reiser, in Reiser’s house at 6979 Exeter Drive in Oakland Hills.

Reiser and his wife, Nina, were married in 1999 but decided to file for divorce in 2009. In the same year, Nina won legal custody over their two children. However, Reiser was allowed to have the children on every other weekend.

During the one day of testimony of his trial, Reiser denied the allegations set against him and argued that he had nothing to do with his wife’s disappearance.

But, in his August 21, 2008 statement recorded by authorities, Reiser admitted that he killed his wife on Sept. 3, 2006 by hitting her in the face and choking her to death using a judo hold while their children were busy playing computer games down stairs.

Reiser was initially convicted of first-degree murder. Nevertheless, in an unusual deal, both Prosecutor Paul Hora and Judge Larry Goodman of Alameda County Superior Court later agreed to give Reiser a chance to plead guilty to a lesser charge of second-degree murder in exchange for his cooperation in pointing the right place where he buried Nina.

According to the lawsuit filed by Reiser’s two children, Rory Reiser, now 12 and Niorline Reiser, now 11, the two minors suffered from significant losses which include loss of love, support, companionship, comfort, affection, and society of their mother.

The lawsuit is seeking for unspecified damage as well as punitive and exemplary damages. On the other hand, Reiser’s representative claimed that Reiser has now fewer assets since he spent hugely on his divorce and wrongful death case.

Reiser’s children have been living with Nina’s mother at Irina Sharanova in St. Petersburg, Russia since December 2006.

Meanwhile, a Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer agrees with the representative of Reiser’s children that he could still find ways to make money while he is in prison due to his very broad concept in creating valuable ideas based on his years working in the computer industry.

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