Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Murder Trial Starts for Socialite Rebecca Grossman

 Socialite Rebecca Grossman's life changed forever on the evening of September 29, 2020. Prosecutors allege Grossman's Mercedes, driving at a high rate of speed, struck and killed two young boys who were in a crosswalk on Triunfo Canyon Road in Westlake Village, Ca. It was a visual horror for the Isklander family. Jacob, 8, and Mark, 11, Isklander were in the crosswalk with their mother, Nancy when she witnessed her children struck by the speeding vehicle. One child died at the scene; the other died at the hospital.

Grossman is charged with two counts of second degree murder, two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and one count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death. From shortly after her arrest, Grossman posted the 2M bond and was released from custody.

There are several excellent reports on this case in The Acorn and the Los Angeles Times. Some are listed below. Grossman's booking photo has not been released. You can see photos of Grossman at the various links.

On the bench is Superior Court Judge Joseph Brandolino. Deputy DA's Jamie Castro and Ryan Gould are prosecuting. Goldman's defense is led by attorney Tony Buzbee.

I had started following the news reports on this case over a year ago. I had hoped to attend the trial at the Van Nuys Courthouse, located close to where I live. It would have been an easy drive. This is the very same building where I attended my first trial, the Robert Blake murder trial, which started in December, 2004. Back then, I wrote about attending the case on Internet message boards. The Grossman case is interesting because I can see both sides having horrific consequences of this tragic event. The Isklander family lost their two oldest children right before their eyes. Rebecca Grossman, co-director of The Grossman Burn Foundation with her husband, Dr. Peter Grossman is also a mother. She is facing decades in jail away from her children, family and the life she knew. But unfortunately, I can't attend.

There are times when life changes your plans. As most of you know by now, I've been on a cancer journey since being diagnosed February 2, 2021 with Stage IV Urothelial Carcinoma, also known as "Bladder Cancer." There is no cure. In October '23, my care was transferred to a Bladder Cancer specialist at USC. I've been on a new drug since then with a rare side effect of over-histamine production. There isn't a drug that I've tried that dries up my overactive sinuses completely. This in turn, means I have post-nasal drip and a chronic cough. There's no way a judge would allow me to sit in a courtroom in the gallery with a chronic cough. I've had too much experience covering high-profile trials to know I'd be told to leave.
I'll be following this case in the LA Times.

FYI Note: Trials & Tribulations has always been, based on my long-time interest in why people commit murder and a deep love of the law. I would sit in a courtroom and listen to motion arguments or testimony all day if I could. Attending high-profile murder trials has always been a free service of giving back to the community. There is no advertising and there are no membership fees to read T&T content. T&T has received small donations over the years from our readers to cover my travel costs to court and purchase court documents. See my ABOUT page.

Sprocket Note: I've been working on an update post on my cancer journey since last September. Hopefully, I'll get everyone up-to-date soon. Here's a short recap. The good news is, I'm here, on the planet. I'm still on two feet, I can still take care of myself, drive, grocery shop, get to USC, etc., all on my own. However, I have lots of fatigue. I don't have the energy I used to have. I have to rest a lot. The neuropathy that developed in my hands (around late July from the chemo drugs) has made my sewing projects take much longer to complete.

Media Articles
01-16 2024 LA Times
11-21-2022 Los Angeles Magazine - Interview with Rebecca Grossman