Overturned… Judge Tosses $38 Million Award in Wrongful Death of Korryn Gaines!!!
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Except this clueless judge… Mickey Norman.
The family of a woman shot dead by Baltimore police was initially awarded $38 million. Now, that award is zero. A Baltimore County judge cited the doctrine of "civil liability" in rescinding the award to the family of Korryn Gaines, 23, who was killed during a six-hour standoff with police in 2016, the New York Times reports.
"The evidence is clear," writes Judge Mickey Norman, per CNN.
"This Court has found that Corporal [Royce] Ruby is entitled to qualified immunity & therefore, his shooting of Gaines was not unlawful."
Qualified immunity is a doctrine maintaining that government officials on the job are protected from civil liability as long as they don't violate a person's constitutional rights. And by opening fire, Norman ruled, Ruby was only doing his job.
The standoff began on Aug. 1, 2016, in Randallstown when police serving warrants for Gaines & her boyfriend say they found her with a shotgun & her 5-year-old boy, Kodi. Ruby says he fired when she raised her weapon, & kept firing when it discharged; his bullets wounded Kodi & killed Gaines.
Her family disputes that account, saying she didn't raise the gun & officers were protected behind a brick wall. Either way, prosecutors declined to press criminal charges, but a civil trial granted Gaines' family the award. Now Norman has sided with the officer & relied on a doctrine that has raised concerns about police abuse, per the Times. An attorney representing Kodi—who was set to receive nearly $33 million, plans to file an appeal.
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By: Neal Colgrass