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Seventh Circuit: Falsely Accused Man, Conviction Expunged, Cannot Sue Anonymously

By Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has ruled that a man who was falsely accused of a crime and later had his record expunged cannot sue for malicious prosecution anonymously.

John Doe alleged that he was arrested in the Village of Deerfield, Illinois ...

Eleventh Circuit Grants Habeas Hearing in Judicial Bias Case

By Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has reversed a district court and ruled that an evidentiary hearing is required when a criminal defendant has sufficiently alleged actual bias on the part of a trial judge.

Harrison Norris, Jr., who is black, was convicted ...

Fifth Circuit Vacates Child Pornography Sentence

By Christopher Zoukis


     The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has vacated and remanded the sentence of a convicted child pornographer.

Jason Daniel Scott pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 108 months of imprisonment and lifetime supervised release. ...

Fifth Circuit Allows Intervention by Sierra Club in Reverse FOIA Suit

By Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has allowed Sierra Club to intervene in a reverse Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records request lawsuit.

The dispute stemmed from FOIA requests made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in which Sierra Club requested documents relating ...

$82,500 Damages to Detained American, Federal Judge Blasts ICE

By Christopher Zoukis

In a scathing opinion, Judge Jack B. Weinstein, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, awarded a wrongfully detained American citizen $82,500 in damages for false arrest and false imprisonment at the hands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Davino ...

$151,000 Malicious Prosecution Award Upheld by Pennsylvania Appellate Court

by Chris Zoukis

A three judge panel of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has upheld a Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas finding that Detective Linda Blowes was liable for the tort of malicious prosecution to the tune of $151,000.

The unusual case started when Philadelphia Police Detective Blowes took ...

$100,000 Settlement in Atlanta False Arrest and Imprisonment

By Christopher Zoukis

A Georgia woman who claimed that she was wrongfully arrested and jailed settled her claims against the City of Atlanta for $100,000 in August 2013.

Teresa Culpepper, 48, called 911 on August 21, 2011 to report her car stolen. An Atlanta police officer spoke with her about ...

$6.375 Million to Exonerated Former Prisoner

By Christopher Zoukis

A man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and attempted armed robbery agreed in August 2013 to accept $6.375 million to settle his claim that he was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for over a decade.

Larry Gillard was convicted of the heinous crimes in 1982. DNA testing ...

$1.5 Million to Cali. Phlebotomist for Sexual Harassment Suit Against Supervising Police Officer

By Christopher Zoukis

An Oceanside, California woman who provided phlebotomy services to the Oceanside Police Department for three months in 2008 was awarded $1.5 million on April 17, 2013. The jury award was for damages caused by the sexual harassment she suffered while on the job.

Kimberli Hirst worked for ...

Absurd, Abusive, and Outrageous: The Creation of Crime and Criminals in America

by Christopher Zoukis

The U.S. is a world leader in the jailing and imprisoning of its own citizens. The FBI estimates that local, state, and federal authorities have carried out more than a quarter-billion arrests in the past 20 years. As a result, the American criminal justice system is a ...



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