Former Deutsche Bank executive Brian Mulligan is trying to limit what jurors hear about his admitted use of 'bath salts,' a synthetic stimulant, as his claims that two Los Angeles policemen beat him go to trial.
Bloomberg reports that U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner in Los Angeles is scheduled to decide today, at the start of trial, whether the jury will hear a recorded conversation Mulligan had with a police officer, days before the alleged beating on May 15th, 2012, in which he acknowledged using the drug, also known as White Lightning, at least 20 times in the preceding six months.
Mulligan, 54, a former vice chairman of media and telecommunications investment banking at the bank, last year sued police officers James Nichols and John Miller, as well as the City of Los Angeles, seeking $20m in damages over claims he was beaten so badly he required emergency facial surgery.
Mulligan lost his job in November 2012, seven months after the incident in the Eagle Rock neighbourhood north of downtown Los Angeles, and weeks after the Police Protective League provided media with the audio recording of Mulligan asking a police officer in Glendale, California, for advice about 'White Lightning.'
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