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11.27.2015

Howd & Ludorf LLC wins summary Judgment on Police Civil Rights Claim

    Howd & Ludorf, LLC Partner Beatrice S. Jordanrecently won summary judgment for the Wallingford Police Department in a civilrights claim brought by a man who claimed wrongful arrest.  In Coderre v.Wallingford, Plaintiff Coderre was arrested for larceny after he was seen onsurveillance video removing merchandise from a department store.  TheState prosecutors decided not to pursue the criminal case, and Plaintiff suedfor wrongful arrest.  Plaintiff Coderre argued that the Wallingford officer misrepresented inthe warrant application that he resembled the person seen in the surveillancefootage and  that the Wallingford officer omitted from the Warrant applicationthat he spoke to the cashier of the department store and she could not identifythe person who stole the merchandise from the store.   AttorneyJordan argued that even if the challenged information was deleted from thewarrant application and the interview of the cashier was included, there stillwas probable cause to believe that Coderre was the person who committed thelarceny.  U. S. District Judge Jeffrey Meyer agreed and entered summaryjudgment for the defendants.

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