The New Jersey Supreme Court issued a ruling on July 25, 2017 in which it granted qualified immunity to a police officer accused of a police-created “exigent circumstances” search. But in the process of doing so, the Court put police officers statewide on notice that such searches are constitutionally impermissible and will not be tolerated
A lawsuit brought by the fiancé of a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida cop against a Palm Beach County detective settled for $36,000 on January 10, 2007. The case involved a series of thefts committed by Steven Hipsher while he was employed at a Home Depot in Boca Raton. Detective John Lino Navarro, Jr. of the Palm
A federal lawsuit alleging wrongful arrest and imprisonment by the LAPD settled for $320,000 on January 16, 2007. The case involved the murder of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, who was shot and killed outside her Sun Valley, California home. Puebla was murdered just 11 days after she testified against Jose Ledesma in a gang murder prosecution.
A Hopkinsville, Kentucky police officer submitted his resignation September 5, 2017 rather than be fired for several warrantless searches of a home. Officer Jason Brent responded to a home on South Campbell Street in Hopkinsville after receiving a call reporting drug activity at the home. According to WSMV.com, he knocked on the door, and when
The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled on October 2, 2017 that a convicted murderer was entitled to a new trial because the original trial transcript was destroyed in a fire, and the State’s efforts to recreate it were wholly insufficient. Craig Johnson was found guilty of malice murder and other crimes relating to the stabbing
A Chicago area jury awarded $1,000,000 to a DuPage County Sheriff’s deputy who claimed that she was passed over for a promotion because she didn’t support the Sheriff’s political campaign. Susan Lakics was a longtime employee of the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. In her decade of service as an officer, she received perfect and near