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$50,000 Award in New York False Arrest Claim

A New York jury awarded a man $50,000 for being falsely arrested. The arrest for possession of stolen property came after someone had stolen a laptop computer from the Administration of Child Services office. As a result of his arrest, Bernard Lewis spent 24 hours in jail.

Thirteen months later, prosecutors moved to dismiss the charge, which the court granted. The arresting officer claimed he had spoken to an assistant District Attorney who said probable cause for arrest existed, but the trial court granted a motion in limine to preclude testimony about that alleged conversation.

On July 20, 2007, the jury found for Lewis on his false arrest claim but for the City on the malicious prosecution claim. See: Lewis v. City of New York, New York County Court, Index No: 121119/2002.

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