Bolden filed suit claiming jail guards were negligent for closing the gate on his hand because the guard who closed the gate was standing ten feet away when it occurred. He also claimed similar injuries had previously occurred. The case went to trial and a five woman, one man jury found the city liable for Bolden's injury after deliberating for 70 minutes. The jail decided to settle the case before the jury could rule on damages in the case by agreeing to pay Bolden $35,000. Bolden was represented by New York attorney Michael David. Prior to trial the jail had offered Bolden $2,500 to settle the case; Bolden had initially demanded $30,000. See: Bolden v. City of New York, Queens Supreme Court Case No. 3608/97.
Source: New York Jury Verdict Reporter
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Bolden v. City of New York
|Queens Supreme Ct No. 3608/97
|State Court of Appeals