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Defendant Entitled to Damages

Publication Date: 
August 05, 2009
Albuquerque Journal

Judge Michael McConnell, who will direct the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, was mentioned in this story about a ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver:

Defendant Entitled to Damages

A woman who was 13 when she and a 14-year-old friend were questioned, frisked, cuffed and interrogated nine years ago by Albuquerque police investigating a robbery will get damages from the city based on a new ruling from the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

A federal jury had cleared the Albuquerque Police Department officers at trial in January 2008 of any wrongdoing. Senior U.S. District Judge John Edwards Conway denied subsequent motions for a new trial or for judgment as a matter of law.

The 10th Circuit opinion by departing Judge Michael McConnell, who is leaving the court to join the Stanford Law faculty, reverses Conway's decision on one of the defendants, Sylvia Avila. The court affirmed Conway's ruling regarding Glenda Sherouse.