'Firm Wins Excessive Force Case Involving SWAT Team's Use of a "Flash Bang" Grenade (October 31, 2014)
A federal jury found two members of the Chicago Police Department's SWAT Team did not violate Plaintiff Donna Flournoy's Fourth Amendment rights during the execution of a "high risk" search warrant at the residence of Plaintiff's son, Tony Walker. Plaintiff suffered a massive and permanent blast injury to her knee after rolling on top of a "flash bang" diversionary device tossed inside the residence by one of the Defendants as the SWAT Team was making entry. The Plaintiff asked the jury to assess $3,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages against the officers. The case was presided over by Judge William Hart. Flournoy v. Quinn, 09 C 7159, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
The case was tried by Jim Sotos, John Timbo and Jordan Lejcar.'
Jury Rejects False Arrest and Excessive Claims After Foot Pursuit (February 3, 2011)
A federal jury rejected Willie Livingston's claim that he was falsely arrested after Chicago Police Officers chased him and allegedly threw him into a metal fence. The jury also found the officers not guilty of excessive force in connection with the orbital fracture Mr. Livingston received when he slipped and hit the corner of the fence during the pursuit. The case was presided over by the Honorable Judge Amy St. Eve. Livingston v. McDevitt, No. 09 C 7725, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.
The case was tried by Elizabeth Ekl and Christina White.
Firm Wins Malicious Prosecution Case.
"Cops didn't frame former death row inmate, jury says." Daily Herald, 8/20/09
After a two week trial and nearly five hours of deliberation, a jury concluded that McHenry County Undersheriff Gene Lowery and retired Detectives Beverly Hendle and Christopher Pandre were not guilty of maliciously prosecuting Gary Gauger for the 1993 murders of his parents. Gary Gauger had claimed that his confession to those crimes was coerced during an 18 hour interrogation. Gauger v. Hendle, No. 03 LA 292, Circuit Court of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, McHenry County, Illinois.
This case was tried by Jim Sotos, John Timbo and Jeff Given.