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Maryland County Settles Lawsuit Over Police Encounter With 5-Year-Old

Officials say Maryland’s Montgomery County has agreed to pay $275,000 to settle a lawsuit that grew from an encounter between a 5-year-old boy and two police officers at East Silver Spring Elementary School. The Washington Post reports that a recording …

Firefighter Sues Rochester Over Party Couple Defends as ‘Anti-Liberal’ Not Racist

ROCHESTER, N.Y. —A Rochester couple who a Black firefighter accused of throwing a racist pool party this summer mocking the Juneteenth holiday said Tuesday that the party was intended to ridicule liberal politicians but wasn’t bigoted. The couple, dentist Nicholas …

Jury Awards Virginia Landlord $50K Over Being Tasered in False Arrest

A jury has awarded $50,000 to a northern Virginia landlord who was shot three times with a stun gun when sheriff’s deputies wrongly arrested him following a tenant’s complaint. Matthew Souter, 57, of The Plains, Virginia, was arrested at his …

Former Virginia Deputy Attorney General Sues After Losing Job Over Jan. 6 Comments

A former deputy Virginia attorney general who says she was fired over social media posts in which she praised the Capitol rioters as “patriots” and falsely claimed Donald Trump won the 2020 election is suing the attorney general’s office for …

Small New Hampshire Town Political Spats Devolve Into Defamation, Free Speech Claims

The small town of Gilmanton, New Hampshire and a selectman who owns a winery have successfully defended themselves against multiple claims of defamation brought by a well-known and politically active local couple. But the town must face further legal proceedings …

Judges Behind ‘Kids-for-Cash’ Ordered to Pay More Than $200M

Two Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated a scheme to send children to for-profit jails in exchange for kickbacks were ordered to pay more than $200 million to hundreds who fell victim to their crimes. U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner awarded $106 …

Man Exonerated in Malcolm X Killing Sues New York City for $40 Million

A man who was exonerated last year in the 1965 assassination of Malcolm X has filed a $40 million lawsuit against New York City for the two decades he spent in prison for a notorious crime he did not commit. …

Family Blames Fatal Wreck on PennDOT’s Failure to Fix Ditch

Matt Neidlinger crested the hill of a narrow, twisty state road and found a nasty surprise waiting for him at the bottom. The ditch was a couple of feet wide and spanned both lanes, and Neidlinger barely had time to …

Former Virginia Police Chief Files Lawsuit Against Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—A former Virginia police chief is suing the city she served as well as several current and former officials over her firing, saying in her $10 million lawsuit that she was terminated because of her race, color and sex. …

Maine Pays $395K to Settle Corrections Officer’s Discrimination Lawsuit

The state of Maine is paying $395,000 to a former corrections officer to settle her claims of harassment and discrimination. Autumn Dinsmore resigned as a corrections officer this month as part of the settlement of her lawsuit filed last year. …