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Tasering damage award overturned

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A superior court judge has overturned a recent jury verdict which awarded $500,000 damages to a Hooper Bay man. Former Superior Court Judge Leonard Devaney ruled that Hooper Bay police were entitled to immunity for their actions which involved tasering the plaintiff Thomas Olson numerous times during an arrest.

In addition, the court ruled that the damages awarded were overturned because of improper argument at trial by plaintiffs lawyers. Judge Devaney then issued a judgment in favor of the defendants, and will rule shortly on an award of costs and attorney fees against Olson.


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