Busch Stadium Laser Pointer Case Continued Until October

A Creve Coeur teenager is accused of pointing the laser onto the field during a Cardinals game on Aug. 6.

A teenager accused of shining a laser pointer onto the field during a St. Louis Cardinals game Aug. 6 had his court date continued until Oct. 24.

Eric Bogard, 17, of Creve Coeur, was scheduled to appear in St. Louis municipal court Monday on charges of peace disturbance at an athletic event and violating a city ordinance regulating possession and use of lasers. Bogard is a student at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.

Nathan Swanson, an attorney with Rosenblum, Schwartz, Rogers & Glass, appeared on Bogard’s behalf and requested the continuance for this case.

Swanson said he had no comment on the case and referred questions to attorney Joel Schwartz.

A call to Schwartz Monday morning was not immediately returned.

During an Aug. 6 game with the San Francisco, the Cardinals’ Matt Holliday stepped out of the batter’s box after spotting the green laser pointer on a Giants reliever.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told authorities he spotted Bogard shining the laser onto the field and pointed him out to security guards. Matheny later identified Bogard as the culprit.

Bogard had been sitting in the Mercy Health System’s luxury box at the stadium. A Mercy Health Systems executive resigned over the incident after authorities said she was uncooperative with their investigation.

For more coverage on the laser pointer incident on Creve Coeur Patch, see the following articles:

  • Report: Creve Coeur Teen Arrested For Using Laser Pointer At Busch Stadium
  • New Developments In Busch Stadium Laser Pointer Arrest
  • Mercy Exec Quits In Wake Of Laser Pointer Flap
  • Busch 'Laser Pointer-Gate': Police Say "No Additional Movement" On More Charge
flyoverland September 18, 2012 at 01:05 PM
For the record, I don't know this kid. He lives not far from me, as does Matt Holliday. The publicity this case has generated is getting to be a bit over the top. He's been in every paper, on every TV station, radio station and all over the internet. Okay, if he did this, it was stupid. If he didn't, people are still going to think he did. Its just how it works. I just wonder when society says this kid has suffered enough? Is what he is accused of doing any worse than a kid who was drinking and driving and COULD have killed someone? Or, a kid who did one of a million other things that COULD have caused some other problem. Kids do dumb stuff every day. We don't ruin their life over it. I am sure this kid would be the last kid on earth to ever do something like this again. His life has been turned upside down. He saw his friend's mom lose a great job. I'm sure it would be hard to make him feel any worse. In the old days, he would have walked down the street. Knocked on Holliday's door and apologized. Maybe offered to cut his grass, or wash his car(s) and Holliday would have shaken his hand and that would have been the end of it. Are we trying to keep this kid from getting into a good college? Are we just doing this because his dad is rich? Or, have we stooped so low as a country that we need to get our entertainment on the back of a 17 year old boy? I think society has made its point. I think everyone gets it. The Cardinals need to find a Cardinal way out of this.
your September 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
FLYOVERLAND I wasn't going to comment on your ignorance but here it is.... If he did this? Mike Matheny told authorities he spotted Bogard shining the laser onto the field and pointed him out to security guards. Matheny later identified Bogard as the culprit. The facts are they're, stop playing devils advocate. He CAUSED his friends mom to lose her job. He Caused his life to be turned upside down by being a stupid kid, you cant fix stupid. Yes we should as a society stop him from getting into a good college, and strip his dad of all his wealth. Nathan Swanson, his attorney keeps dragging this out for a more favorable judge against first timers, or a Rosenblum golf buddy.


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