University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Court's Rulings for the Plaintiff in the Jordan Miles Police Violence Case

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May 8, 2012

Professor David Harris discussed recent pretrial rulings by the federal court hearing the civil case against three Pittsburgh police officers accused of assaulting and injuring high school honor student Jordan Miles.  The court ruled that the defense could not depose several witnesses because the discovery deadline had passed, and that the defense could not obtain grand jury testimony.  According to Professor Harris, the defense had either ignored the usual rules, or chosen to follow a different path, and now could not go back for a do-over.  The court's action, Harris said, "doesn't necessarily show how the case is going to go in an overall sense, but on these couple of very important issues, it's certainly helpful to the plaintiff."

See the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article here.

See the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article here.

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