Patterico's Pontifications

3/31/2006

B.I.G.’s Family to Get $1.1 Million Fine Paid by City of LA Over Trial Misconduct

Filed under: Court Decisions,Crime,Law — SoCalLawyer @ 4:38 pm

[Posted by SoCalLawyer]

Many thanks to Patterico for allowing me to fill in here a few days. Although the hefty fine levied by federal judge Florence-Marie Cooper against the City of LA was first announced in January, the story has resurfaced this week:

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $1.1 million payment to the family of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G because of errors in a civil wrongful death trial over accusations that he was murdered by rogue police officers.

The penalty was levied by a U.S. district judge who accused police of concealing evidence and declared a mistrial in the lawsuit, which was brought against the city last year.

(Yahoo! News, Mar. 30, 2006, “Slain rapper’s family gets $1.1 million.”)

The fact that the City of LA paid this large fine rather than appealing it speaks volumes regarding the apparent bungling of this case. On a semi-related note, did you know that Tuesday, April 4 is “Crash” day in LA?

SoCalLawyer

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