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CA Man Wrongly Jailed Wins $90,000 in Civil Rights Action

Maurice Goodman, a Black San Mateo County, CA paralegal and coach of a youth football team, was in Salinas, CA. with his team for a weekend game. He was stopped outside his motel room and harassed by Salinas police who eventually arrested him, claiming that: his car keys were a weapon and that he resisted arrest. He was acquitted at trial and sued the City of Salinas in federal district court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that his civil rights had been violated (actual claim not provided in opinion, but probably asserted due process violations under U.S. Const. Amend. 14). The city paid Goodman. $90,000 to dismiss the case in 2007. See: Goodman v. City of Salinas, USDC NOCA—NO. 5:06-cv-07161-JF.

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Goodman v. City of Salinas