Sirgiorgiro Clardy, 26, was found guilty in an Oregon court of beating a woman and forcing her to be a prostitute, and of nearly killing a man who had sex with the woman. The man is alleged to have attempted to flee after services were rendered by Clardy's forced-sex-worker, and Clardy assaulted the man by stomping his face causing the need for reconstructive surgery on his nose. Clardy was sentenced to 100 years in prison for these crimes, and is now suing Nike claiming they are responsible as the shoes used in the assault did not come with a warning label. Clardy's steep sentence was due in part to having been previously convicted of 20 different felony charges including assault, robbery, and compelling prostitution.
Clardy's lawsuit claims that a warning label should be placed on Nike shoes describing how the shoes could possibly be used as a dangerous weapon. Clardy is representing himself in this case and his complaint partly reads:
Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potentially dangerous product. Do to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering.
Clardy claims that because a label was not present, he did not know his shoes would be capable of damaging the face of his assault victim. According to oregonlive.com he is seeking $100 million in damages.
During a two-week trial Clardy was hostile, attacking lawyers, spitting at judges, and loudly screaming profanity. At his sentencing he was handcuffed to a chair with a bag over his head. A Portland based psychologist, Frank Colistro, examined Clardy prior to the trial found him to be an anti-social psychopath, with a 100% likelihood of committing crimes in the future. He said:
I've evaluated serial murders, serial rapists, and I'm going to tell you very few of those people reach the elevations we're going to talk about here. People like Mr. Clardy are born bad. It’s not something we can fix.
Since being convicted Clardy has assaulted prison staff, inmates, and has attempted to commit suicide multiple times. He is presently held in a segregated environment. Clardy's lawsuit is pending.
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