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The Habeas Citebook: Prosecutorial Misconduct

Articles by Christopher Zoukis

$327,500 to 77-Year-Old for Civil Rights Violations

by Christopher Zoukis

An elderly Chicago woman was awarded $327,500 in damages for the violation of her civil rights by overzealous and misinformed Chicago police officers. The June 28, 2013 verdict awarded damages for embarrassment and humiliation, injury to reputation and emotional distress.

Merien Macon and her 83-year-old husband were ...

$160,000 to Maryland Man for Civil Rights Violations

by Christopher Zoukis

One night in October 2011, Sabah Ali noticed that a co-worker had been pulled over for a broken headlight at a local 7-Eleven. Ali pulled into the parking lot to assist his friend, and things quickly went sideways.

As the co-worker was showing Ali the warning citation ...

$88,616 to Florida Woman Falsely Arrested

by Christopher Zoukis

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, ...

$10,000 Settles North Carolina Man's Claim of Assault, False Arrest

by Christopher Zoukis

A Gaston County, North Carolina man has accepted $10,000 to settle a lawsuit in which he alleged that police officers violated his civil rights, assaulted him and falsely arrested him.

Mark D. Ewing, a 46-year-old disabled man, was mowing his lawn August 9, 2008 when he was ...

Kentucky Cop Resigns After Unconstitutional Search

by Christopher Zoukis

A Hopkinsville, Kentucky police officer submitted his resignation September 5, 2017 rather than be fired for several warrantless searches of a home.

Officer Jason Brent responded to a home on South Campbell Street in Hopkinsville after receiving a call reporting drug activity at the home. According to ...

$1,000,000 Jury Verdict Against Sheriff Who Engaged in Political Retaliation

by Christopher Zoukis

A Chicago area jury awarded $1,000,000 to a DuPage County Sheriff's deputy who claimed that she was passed over for a promotion because she didn't support the Sheriff's political campaign.

Susan Lakics was a longtime employee of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office. In her decade of service ...

$36,203 Jury Award in California Excessive Force Case

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal jury awarded a South Lake Tahoe man $36,203 in a lawsuit alleging the use of excessive force by South Lake Tahoe police. The jury award came in on March 7, 2007, after a four-day trial.

Rodney Ward was drinking alcohol with a friend on May 24, ...

$320,000 Settlement in Wrongful Imprisonment Case

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal lawsuit alleging wrongful arrest and imprisonment by the LAPD settled for $320,000 on January 16, 2007.

The case involved the murder of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, who was shot and killed outside her Sun Valley, California home. Puebla was murdered just 11 days after she testified against ...

$36,000 Settles Palm Beach False Arrest

by Christopher Zoukis

A lawsuit brought by the fiancé of a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida cop against a Palm Beach County detective settled for $36,000 on January 10, 2007.The case involved a series of thefts committed by Steven Hipsher while he was employed at a Home Depot in Boca Raton. Detective ...

$1.625 Million Jury Award For Civil Rights Violation by Charlotte "Special Police"

by Christopher Zoukis

A federal jury awarded over a million and a half dollars in damages to four people injured by Charlotte, North Carolina "Special Police Officers" in a January 2007 decision.

The lawsuit stemmed from an incident that took place on June 13, 2001 at Champ's Cafe in Charlotte. ...