Archive for the 'US Supreme Court' Category

USA – Supreme Court orders reconsideration of taser death lawsuit (2014-05-21)

Posted on May 21 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: A brief overview of the case Baron Pikes, who was shot by police in Winnfield, Louisiana with a taser gun at least eight times over 14 minutes and later died of cardiac arrest. The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a civil rights lawsuit filed […]

USA – Winnfield, Louisiana – Taser death in Louisiana could get Supreme Court review (2014-05-18)

Posted on May 18 2014 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: In January 2008, Baron Pikes, 19, was tasered multiple times – at least seven – over 14 minutes while handcuffed. He went into medical distress and was pronounced dead when he got to the hospital. The Supreme Court is being asked to review Pikes’ case as part of a civil rights lawsuit […]

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 – US Supreme Court won’t review police use of stun guns (2012-05-29)

Posted on May 29 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: In an important decision, the US The Supreme Court has decided that it will not review the appropriateness of stun guns used by police on suspects. In other words: there are no constitutional constraints on police use in the specific case of tasers.]] WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court has decided […]

USA – Washington DC – [Supreme Court] Justices to consider police use of Tasers (2012-05-04)

Posted on May 13 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENT: The Supreme Court is being asked to consider whether taser disharges against non –violent individuals should be considered unconstitutional. The US Supreme Court is being asked to consider for the first time police use of Tasers. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confronted the complicated Taser questions last year. The majority’s […]

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 […]

TASER Inc – Website information on AXON-FLEX – its benefits, why it should be adopted, and its main features (2012-02-23 – date downloaded)

Posted on February 23 2012 by admin

[[SUMMARY / COMMENTS: Much is questionable here: clearly the benefits are more for the police than for claimants; TASER here invents the figure of $20-billion in settlements to resolve claims (The New York Times cites $2 – 2.5billion). One might question: “We’re committed to providing world-class customer service, support, reliability & training … with a […]

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 […]