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Articles by David Reutter

$5,000 Settlement for Prisoner Subjected to Pepper Spray for Requesting Medication

by David M. Reutter

The GEO Group paid $5,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fourth and Eighth Amendments.

Gabriel H. Grado was released on August 4, 2015, from New Mexico's Mental Health Treatment Center after being treated the previous six months for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and ...

$7,500 Settlement for Arrest Without Probable Cause

by David M. Reutter

The City of Albuquerque, New Mexico, paid $7,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging police officers illegally seized, assaulted, arrested, and maliciously prosecuted Robert Alderete. His lawsuit also alleged the officers illegally searched his vehicle.

Alderete entered into a plea agreement on July 31, 2015, that allowed ...

$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



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