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Bletz, et al. v. Corrie (Pennsylvania), a federal civil rights case resulting from a Pennsylvania State Trooper’s unlawful shooting and killing of the Bletz’s family dog who was running away from him.

Cassaro v. Friedman, et al. (Illinois), a wrongful death case resulting from the death of Randall Bianchi, Ms. Cassaro’s 22-year old son, whose life support was terminated without proper consent in violation of the IL Health Care Surrogate Act (HCSA).

Eline, et al., v. Town of Ocean City, Maryland, et al. (Maryland), a federal civil rights case filed on behalf of five women who seek to enjoin Ocean City from enforcing an unlawful ordinance that permits men but precludes women from being bare-chested in public for purposes other than breast feeding.

Fleckenstein, et al. v. Crawford, et al. (Pennsylvania), a federal civil rights case alleging that law enforcement and corrections personnel in York County, Pennsylvania, created a foreseeable opportunity for a domestic related murder to occur.

Flores v. Morris, et al. (Arizona), a federal civil rights case resulting from the murder of Lino Flores, while he was incarcerated in the Arizona State Prison Complex–Eyman. The Defendants acted with deliberate indifference to the safety of inmates, ignored standard operating procedures, and permitted a culture where inmates decided where they would be housed and their movements within the prison.  As a result, Lino was brutally beaten and stabbed to death by another inmate.

Fultz v. Rothermel, et al. (Pennsylvania), a federal civil rights case resulting from Fultz’s unlawful employment termination from the Pennsylvania State Police as a result of his being a bisexual male.

Hartse v. Murphy, et al. (South Dakota), a federal civil rights matter that is not yet in litigation, resulting from the non-lethal shooting of a mentally ill female, who was armed with a knife, while in a locked bathroom of her home, when an officer arrived to check on her welfare.

Larson v. Sanner, et al. (Minnesota), a federal civil rights case resulting from Larson’s wrongful arrest for the 2012 murder of Cold Spring Police Officer, Thomas Decker. Despite the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) announcing that overwhelming evidence definitely establishes that Eric Thomes killed Officer Decker, the Defendants refuse to clear Larson’s name.

Minguela v. John Doe, et al. (New Jersey), a federal civil rights matter that is not yet in litigation, resulting from a police beating and malicious prosecution of Mr. Edward Minguela. The beating was video recorded. Numerous police officers were present but failed to intervene to protect Mr. Minguela. The frivolous criminal charges remain pending against Mr. Minguela.

Nealman v. Maben, et al. (Pennsylvania), a federal civil rights case resulting from the death of Benjamin Nealman, who was improperly supervised by the Defendants, and permitted to commit suicide, while incarcerated at the Mifflin County Correctional Facility.

Nelson v. Lott, et al. (Alabama), a federal civil rights case resulting from the death of Randy Nelson, who died after being tasered by a police officer, who was employed by the Athens Police Department, while he was a patient in the emergency department of the Athen-Limestone Hospital, after he refused to take medication.

Rascon, et al. v. Brookins (#9452), et al. (Arizona), a federal civil rights case involving Jorge E. Sanchez, who died at the hands of police officers employed by the City of Phoenix, Arizona. When the Defendant police officers killed Mr. Sanchez, he had not committed any serious crimes, had not hurt anyone, and did not present as a threat to anyone. The Defendant police officers unlawfully killed Mr. Sanchez by tasering him in the left chest for 53 of 59 seconds, while carotid choking him, and handcuffing and hogtying him.

Rassier, et al. v. Sanner, et al. (Minnesota), a federal civil rights case resulting from the unlawful naming of Daniel Rassier as a suspect in the abduction and murder of a young boy, in retaliation for Rassier’s public criticism of Sanner’s botched criminal investigation.

Zimmerman v. Corbett, et al. (Pennsylvania), a federal civil rights case resulting from then Attorney General Corbett’s malicious prosecution of John R. Zimmerman.

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