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Raid of Wrong House Results in $300,000 Judgment Against United States

By Brandon Sample

A federal judge has awarded $300,000 to a woman whose house was wrongfully raided by agents from the ATF.

On February 25, 2004, agents from the ATF executed a search warrant at Lillian Carter’s home looking for a Kinte Carter. Kinte Carter did not live there, though.

A U.S. Postal Inspection Service agent had negligently advised the ATF that Kinte Carter lived at Lillian Carter’s home. Apparently, the USPS agent misread her notes in communicating that Carter lived there.

Lillian Carter sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act seeking damages for past and future emotional distress caused by the raid.

The judge in the case agreed that the government was liable and accordingly awarded $300,000 in damages to Lillian Carter.

See: Carter v. United States, 725 F. Supp. 2d. 346 (E.D. N.Y. 2010).

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