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Articles by David Reutter

$100,000 Settlement for Excessive Force During Chase of Unarmed Man

by David M. Reutter

The City of Farmington, New Mexico, paid $100,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging a police officer chasing an unarmed man used excessive force by shooting him three times.

Michael Chavez was in a vehicle pulled over on March 22, 2014, for seat belt violations by City ...

$22,500 Settlement in Excessive Force for Killing Dog

by David M. Reutter

New Mexico's Albuquerque Police Department paid $22,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging officers acted illegally in shooting a citizen's dog.

Officers responded to a 911 call on October 19, 2009, from a woman who refused to give her address and said she no longer needed assistance. ...

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Clarifies Interpretation of Aggravating Provisions of Section 22.01(b)(2)(A) and (B), Charging One Provision at Guilt Phase Doesn’t Confer Jurisdiction to Argue Other Provision at Sentencing Phase

The Court’s opinion was issued in response to a petition for discretionary review filed by the State. The review ...

Eighth Circuit Suppresses Evidence, Ruling Plain View Exception Inapplicable

The Court’s opinion was filed in an appeal brought by the federal Government. ...

D.C. Circuit: Ambiguous Plea Agreement Requires Interpretation in Favor of Defendant

Florida Police Accused of Misconduct Given Second Chances

Inflation Increases Likelihood of Felony Theft Charges

The threshold for what constitutes a petty ...

Iowa Supreme Court: Successful Adjustment to Sex Offender Registry Requirements Not a Reason to Deny Modification

D.C. Circuit: Conflicted Counsel During Habeas Proceeding Requires Appointment of Conflict-Free Counsel

Study Shows Innocent People Choose False Guilty Pleas and False Testimony to Gain Benefits

The study included college students from the United States, South Korea, ...



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