Caldwell v. City of Louisville

William J. Driscoll

Practice Area:Wrongful Death

Outcome:Favorable for client.

Description:Rebecca Caldwell, a college student, was strangled to death by her boyfriend, Ben Mills. It was learned that Rebecca had sworn out an assault warrant against Mills 6 days earlier, but due to the Louisville Police Department's archiac method of handling paper arrest warrants, the warrent was not served until the day after the murder. This case drew significant media attention to the Louisville Police Department's deficient warrant handling process, which is now handled electronically. The local paper also investigated, and found that the City had over 70,000 outstanding warrants. The U.S. District Court had dismissed Caldwell's case on summary judgment. Driscoll successfully appealed the case to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and got the case reinstated.