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$88,616 to Florida Woman Falsely Arrested

On May 13, 2007, Orlando real estate broker Ana Maria Hazleton was at home when Orlando police officers responded to a call that there was a disturbance on her front lawn. The four officers, Brandon Loverde, Fernando Trinidad, Frank Sikos and Edward Albino, arrested Hazleton’s son, Anthony, who had been playing in the yard with

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$77,500 Settles Michigan Woman’s Wrongful Arrest Suit

A Michigan woman who was jailed for writing a message in chalk on a sidewalk has settled her federal lawsuit for $77,500. Melissa Marie Jackson visited her boyfriend at the Genesee County Jail on October 18, 2010. As was her custom after a visit, she went across the street to wave to him. This time

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$1.75 Million to Settle Case of Police Beating That Led to Brain Damage

The guardian of a Seattle man who suffered brain damage as a result of a police beating has settled a federal civil rights claim for $1.75 million. On May 29, 2010, Seattle police officers Grant Leavit and Katrina Stuckey contacted Brian Scott Torgerson at his Seattle apartment. The officers were pursuing a municipal warrant for

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Former Ohio Politician’s Negligence Case Against CCA Goes Forward

James Dimora, 61, was a Cuyahoga County, Ohio commissioner when he was indicted on federal racketeering and corruption charges in April 2012. While awaiting trial at the Northeast Ohio Correctional Center, operated by Corrections Corporation of America (now known as CoreCivic), Dimora was involved in a slip and fall accident and suffered injuries. He sued

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$440,000 Settles Police Officer Harassment, Retaliation Claim

A Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania police officer has accepted $440,000 to settle a claim that he was harassed and retaliated against for reporting a sexual assault committed by his partner. Ritchie Webb had been working for the Bristol Borough police department for almost a decade when he responded to a domestic dispute on August 29, 2008.

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Prisoner’s Wrongful Death FTCA Claim Dismissed For Lack of Jurisdiction

The United States District Court for the District of Maryland has dismissed a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) case brought against the United States over the 2013 wrongful death of a prisoner held at Federal Correctional Institution Cumberland, Maryland. The case was brought by the widow and sons of Stephen P. Gardner. They claimed that

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