D.C. attorney general withdraws from Department of Corrections defense
Today is Monday, the 75th anniversary of the debut of the motion picture “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Here are some more news items. — District of Columbia’s attorney general withdraws from defending city’s Department of Corrections. — Wyoming has become a tax haven, with the help of a little legal creativity. — Former Farmers Insurance […]
Family files wrongful death suit in Montgomery Co. stun gun death
The family of a Montgomery County man who died after police deployed stun guns to subdue him filed suit in federal court Thursday, alleging the officers acted improperly as part of a larger pattern of misuse of the weapon within the department. Anthony Howard Sr. was dancing barefoot on top of a vehicle in Laytonsville […]
Supreme Court won’t hear appeal over police stun gun use
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from police officers challenging new restrictions on their ability to use Taser guns on people trying to resist arrest. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that said police should not use stun guns on suspects trying to evade custody if they pose […]
Analysis looks at Taser use by Maryland police officers
An analysis of Taser use in Maryland found that Baltimore police exceeded widely accepted safety limits for use of the stun guns than any other force in the state. The Baltimore Sun analyzed data on the use of Tasers from 2012 to 2014. It found that Baltimore police used Tasers in nearly all cases with […]
Md. panel on police and the disabled meets
SILVER SPRING — A state panel created in response to the death of a Frederick County man with Down syndrome is launching a statewide “listening tour” aimed at improving police interactions with the intellectually and developmentally disabled. The commission is holding the first of four public sessions Thursday in Silver Spring. The panel said in […]
No new trial in suit over death by Taser
A federal appellate court has rejected a request for a new trial in the excessive-force lawsuit by the parents of a Frederick County man who died after a sheriff’s deputy twice shot him with a stun-gun.
Jury rejects damages in Taser death
A federal jury has found a Baltimore County police officer did not use unreasonable force in the arrest of a bipolar Middle River man, who died in 2007 after a Taser was used 10 times in an effort to subdue him.
Court of Appeals: Arrest occurs when stun-gun hits its mark
A Baltimore detective lacked legal justification to use a stun gun on a fleeing man he suspected was armed, a divided Court of Appeals has held.
Jury weighing suit over stun-gun death
A federal jury deliberated about two hours Tuesday in the wrongful-death trial of a former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy accused of using excessive force by shocking a man twice with an electric stun gun. The 10-member panel ended deliberations Tuesday evening and will resume Wednesday morning. The jury must decide by a preponderance of the […]
Closing arguments under way in Frederick stun-gun death trial
A lawyer is asking a federal jury in Baltimore to find that a former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy fatally shocked a Frederick man with an electric stun gun. Plaintiffs’ attorney Gregory Lattimer gave his closing argument Tuesday in the civil trial stemming from the November 2007 death of 20-year-old Jarrell Gray. Lattimer likened former Cpl. […]
Frederick Co. deputy defends stun gun use in death case
A former Frederick County sheriff’s deputy has testified in a wrongful death case that he used a stun gun on a prone and unresponsive man because he believed he posed a credible threat. The Frederick News-Post reports that former Cpl. Rudy Torres testified Wednesday, the second day of the civil trial in federal court in […]
Week in review: 12/9/11
City swears in Rawlings-Blake Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivers her inaugural address Tuesday as Baltimore mayor’s after being elected to a full four-year term in November. The former City Council president has served as mayor since February 2010, when she replaced Sheila Dixon, who resigned. In her speech, Rawlings-Blake said she wants to attract 10,000 new families […]