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Dies Family Sues Capps
updated: Apr 23, 2014, 1:40 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

KEYT reports the parents of Mallory Dies, the Santa Barbara woman killed in a DUI hit and run last December (pictured left), are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U.S. government in federal court.

Matt and Raeona Dies, represented by Los Angeles-based attorney Robert Stoll, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in punitive damages. Mallory Dies was struck and killed by Raymond Morua who has pled guilty to driving under the influence and fatal hit-and-run charges. Stoll claims that Capps was aware of Morua's two prior DUI convictions, but hired continued to hire him for a position that required driving and failed to monitor him. They also feel Morua was on the clock, working for Capps the night drove drunk and killed Dies after leaving a holiday party sponsored by The Independent.

"Mr. Morua has said under oath, under penalty of perjury, that he was on the job," said Stoll. "So, if Mr. Morua was, as the evidence seems to indicate, in the course and scope of his employment at the time and place of the accident, then Lois Capps is responsible," he said. Stoll said, "Mr. and Mrs. Dies are people that don't even believe in suing. They've never sued anybody before. They didn't want to sue Representative Capps. They simply wanted to get some of their enormous expenses paid [...] "The hospital and medical bills are hundreds of thousands of dollars. So there is a double tragedy here. They've lost their daughter and they've lost their financial security, their financial future."

"Stoll tells NewsChannel 3 that the Dies family also has some serious questions about several allegations against Capps and her staffers that recently surfaced, including forgery and a cover-up. The allegations were made public in a five-part series in the Santa Barbara News-Press by journalist Peter Lance. "

Read more on KEYT.com

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  • December 7, 2013: Capps Aide Arrested in Near Fatal DUI Hit and Run

    (Photo Sources: Facebook and Capps.House.Gov)

     

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