WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will not reinstate a $250,000 award to the father of a suspected marijuana user in Maryland who was killed by police in a middle-of the-night raid.
The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that overturned the jury award in the death of Andrew Cornish in 2005. A SWAT team entered Cornish’s apartment in Cambridge, Maryland, at 4:30 a.m. with a search warrant to look for marijuana.
The jury found that police violated Cornish’s constitutional rights by failing to “knock and announce” their presence before going inside.
A lawsuit filed by Andrew Kane over his son’s death argued that Cornish was awakened by the intrusion, grabbed a knife for protection and was shot in the head seconds later.
The case is Kane v. Lewis, 15-193.