Case Conclusion Date:January 1, 2010
Practice Area:Civil Rights
Description:Excessive force claim tried in Federal District Court before Judge Underhill. The plaintiff claimed to have been beaten and electrocuted by members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force, who had tossed him into the infamous "jump out" van and proceeded to interrogate him with the assistance of a home made car battery charger electrocution device similar to those used in South America. Despite never having found the device itself, and the contradictory testimony of the State's expert witness from the D.O.C., Attorney Smith secured a mistrial for his client, and the case will have to be tried again unless the State settles.