Archive for the 'Federal court judgment (US)' Category

USA – Tase Thy Neighbor: Will a single dissenting opinion end Judge Jacqueline Nguyen’s Supreme Court aspirations? (2103-09-18)

Posted on September 18 2013 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS : A 9th court judge being mentioned as a fast-track candidate for the supreme court has provided an opinion in the recent case of Donald Blondin (see paragraph in italics), who in May 2008 was tasered simply for inquiring about the well being of his neighbor. The judge argued that the tasing […]

USA – Pittsburg, California Taser case damages award [$600,000] upheld (2013-03-02)

Posted on March 2 2013 by admin

[[Summary / Comments: A federal appeals court has upheld $250,000 in damages to a Pittsburg man, Frederick Jackson, who was shot three times by three police offciers and hospitalized after an angry and profane exchange with a police officer were judged to have retaliated against Mr Jackson for exercising his right of free speech outside a […]

USA – ANALYSIS – Electronic Control Weapons [tasers] – Americans for Effective Law Enforcement Case Summaries (downloaded 2012-05-06)

Posted on May 6 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: This is background material: a long list list and description  of cases heard before the various US circuit court judges involving tasers: Please refer to the URL for further details.]] Advisory note: Some ECW experts prefer to categorize ECW applications by event descriptions, such as their use on juveniles, the disabled, elderly […]

USA – Washington State / Los Angeles: Police groups ask Supreme Court to overturn Seattle Police Dept. Taser ruling [that police could be charged for tasering pregnant woman] (2012-02-24)

Posted on February 24 2012 by admin

[[A legal challenge to taser abuse creates “increase[d] lawlessness or increase[s] injuries to suspects, officers, and the general public” … A federal appeals-court ruling allowing officers officers who repeatedly used a Taser on a pregnant woman : tasers were used directly on the woman, Malaika Brooks, three times in about 42 seconds after she refused […]

USA – Washington DC: Supreme Court declines to hear Taser case [of police officer who mistook his gun for a taser] (2011-12-07)

Posted on December 7 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Note this case before the US Supreme Court was about a specific issue: an officer who shot an unarmed suspect (non-fatally) with his .40-caliber Glock firmearm , mistaking this for his taser: Frederick Henry was shot in the elbow, fleeing from the police because he had failed to pay child support. Should […]

USA – North Carolina: U.S. court’s Taser liability verdict stuns distributor (2011-07-24)

Posted on July 24 2011 by admin

[[ Summary / Comments : In a major decision against the corporation, Taser International has been asked to pay $10-million in damages to the family of Darryl Turner, a 17-year-old North Carolina boy who died after he was tasered by a police officer in 2008. The court ruled that the manufacturer created an unreasonable danger […]

USA – Settlement Reached in Class Action Lawsuit Over Taser Use In Jail (2011-04-11)

Posted on April 11 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: “A federal judge has approved a settlement agreement reached in a Taser class action lawsuit between Ohio prison inmates and the jailers they claim abused them with the stun guns.” This report, from a US lawyers’ site that appealing to potential claimants, does not specify any payment, although the lawyers must have […]

USA – McKENNEY v. HARRISON: 8th Circuit judge summarizes the legal problems of taser-related lawsuits (2011-03-28)

Posted on April 2 2011 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: An 8th District appeals court judge presents a statement on numerous legal problems raised by tasers. This is more than “legalese” and through what he wrote, one can see that TASER Inc. and police forces are very close to facing serious legal sanctions. We have placed certain key elements IN BOLD. We […]

USA – US Federal Appeals Court limits cops’ use of Tasers (2009-12-29)

Posted on December 29 2009 by admin

In what is being considered a landmark decision, a San Diego federal appeals court on Monday issued one of the most comprehensive rulings yet limiting police use of Tasers against low-level offenders who seem to pose little threat and may be mentally ill. Case of traffice violation.