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Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Colorado Town to Pay $775,000 for Relying on Bogus Snitch by Derek Gilna As a result of two federal lawsuits brought on behalf of eight plaintiffs, in October 2016 the Colorado town of Trinidad agreed to pay $775,000 to the victims of its police department’s incompetence and over-reliance on a ...
$175,000 in Damages, Attorney Fees Against Sentinel Offender Services by A Georgia state jury awarded $50,000 to a woman for false arrest and imprisonment by Sentinel Offender Services, a private probation company. The award was the outcome in the first trial of more than a dozen lawsuits filed against the ...
Texas: “San Antonio Four” Exonerated after Two Decades by In 1997, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls. The women came to be known as the “San Antonio Four.” With help from the Innocence Project of Texas, all four were ...
From the Editor by Paul Wright Since we started publishing PLN in 1990, the injustices of the parole system, or that of never-ending punishment and sentences without end, has been an enduring theme. In the 1970s it was prisoners’ rights activists and advocates who called for an end to parole ...
How Union Contracts Shield Police Departments from DOJ Reforms by Adeshina Emmanuel Even when the federal government cracks down on police abuses, collective bargaining agreements often stymie reforms. By Adeshina Emmanuel, In These Times Few were surprised on December 7, 2015, when U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced a civil rights ...
A push to make cops carry liability insurance in Minneapolis by By Carla Murphy, The Chicago Reporter As an advocate for victims of police brutality and their families, Michelle Gross has alternately worked with and needled Minneapolis city officials. During 30 years of activism, Gross has pursued many, if not most, ...
Georgia’s Supreme Court Rules on Private Probation Services by The Georgia Supreme Court held on March 25, 2016 that common law allows for tolling of privately-supervised misdemeanor probation sentences, and that such common law was not abrogated when lawmakers passed the State-Wide Probation Act. The case was before the state ...
Blank UF-250 Form - Stop, Question and Frisk Report Worksheet, NYPD, 2016 Case 1:12-cv-02274-AT-HBP Document 105 Filed 02/14/13 Page 157 of 158 APPENDIX B Blank UF-250 Form 157
AL: Insurance Company Required to Pay $2.3M Award in Wrongful Imprisonment Suit by Lonnie Burton Robert Garland and John Tatum were convicted and sentenced in 1991 on federal drug charges. They were later released when, in 1992, Captain Jerry Newton of the Andalusia, Alabama police department admitted to a fellow ...
Article • October 25, 2016
District Court Dismissal of False Arrest Suit Reversed by Lonnie Burton A suit by a black Canadian woman who was twice arrested upon her entry into the United States may proceed to trial, said a panel of judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision reversed a ruling ...
Brief • September 1, 2016
Beecham v. City of West Sacramento, CA, Jury Instructions, officer beating false arrest, 2009
Article • August 25, 2016
Tucson Federal Jury Awards Couple $1.25 Million in False Arrest Case by Lonnie Burton On April 22, 2015, a federal jury sitting in the U.S. District Court in Arizona awarded a Tucson couple a total of $1.25 million after a trial on their claims of false arrest and unconstitutional search ...
Article • August 25, 2016
USDC ED NY Grants Opposition to Quash Depositions in Murder/Rape by A magistrate judge at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York granted in November 2011 the Plaintiff’s motion opposing Defenses’ motion to quash deposition notices and notice of subpoena in a civil case resultant ...
Illinois District Court strip-search case survives summary judgment attack by Derek Gilna Plaintiff Angelina Cianfaglione's Fourth Amendment claim alleging an illegal seizure and arrest, excessive force, and an illegal strip and body cavity search that occurred incident to a traffic stop in Edgar County, Illinois has survived a summary judgment ...
9-11 Detainees' Illegal Detention Claims Dismissed, Prisoner Abuse Claims Remain by Matthew Clarke In a 99-page, unpublished opinion dated June 14, 2006, New York federal district judge John Gleeson dismissed the illegal detention claims by eight ex-prisoners arrested in a post-9-11 sweep of illegal immigrants. He refused to dismiss their ...
Article • August 22, 2016
$248,817.43 in Attorney’s Fees and Costs Awarded in Civil Rights Suit by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan awarded $248, 817.43 in attorney’s fees and expenses to a plaintiff in a federal civil rights suit. The plaintiff in the case sued alleging that he was the target of unconstitutional profiling ...
Article • August 22, 2016
$300,000 Settlement in California Officers’ Planting of Gun on Parolee by The city of Oakland, California paid $300,000 to a man who spent nearly two years in jail after a police officer planted a gun on him. The settlement follows a jury verdict in the case. Among local audiences, Lorenzo ...
Article • August 22, 2016
Filed under: False Arrest
$3 Million Settlement in Death Following Arrest During Celtic Celebration by The Boston Police Department paid $3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died after being arrested during celebrations over the Celtics 2008 NBA title. David Woodman, 22, had been partying with friends ...
Article • August 19, 2016
Oregon Deputy Arrests Innocent Man to Protect Family; County Pays $12,000 to Settle by "This incident is the most egregious abuse of power I have ever seen," said attorney Edie Rogoway, who represented an Oregon man who was arrested for reporting criminal activity of relatives of the responding deputy. The ...
Article • August 19, 2016
New York Men Continue Pursuit of Police Misconduct Lawsuit by A New York Federal District Court denied a motion to dismiss a civil rights complaint that alleged police misconduct.             Brothers Jose and Maximo Colon filed a civil rights violation claim against New York City and its police department alleging ...
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