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Inmate: Detention officers used excessive force against him
A federal jury rejected the claims of an inmate who alleged excessive force was used against him on more than one occasion during physical altercations with detention officers. Eugene Dunston, who was being housed at the Public Safety Center, sued Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison and detention officers Michael Hayes, Waco Douglas, Jr. and Duane Greenfield, claiming civil rights violations and state law battery. He claimed the officers violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the officers were not properly trained and the officers acted with malice and/or willful or wanton conduct. The defense argued that Dunston’s injuries were due to his own actions, in that he was unruly and refused to comply with orders.
Dunston v. Harrison
U.S. District Court, Eastern District, NC
Presence of golf cart on roadway violated law: defense
A defense verdict was entered after an Anderson County jury found for the defendant in a motor vehicle case. Angel Martinez had been sued by Virgil Brantley after Martinez, who was operating a vehicle, hit Brantley’s stationary golf cart. Brantley, who was sitting in the cart at the time, claimed leg, shoulder and back pain, as well as abrasions and the development of cellulitis. He alleged that Martinez had failed to keep a proper lookout and exercise ordinary care in the operation of his vehicle. In response, Martinez argued that Brantley had violated a law prohibiting golf carts from being operated on state or county roads, and that the accident would not have happened if Brantley had been following the law.
Brantley v. Martinez
Anderson County, SC
Motorcyclist’s speed led to fatal collision, defense argued
An Horry County jury returned a defense verdict in a case arising from a fatal accident. Angelo Luis Gonzalez, who had been operating a motorcycle, was killed when the motorcycle was hit in the rear by a pickup truck. Gonzalez’s girlfriend, Susan Jo Reader, was a passenger on the motorcycle and claimed disabling leg injuries. The Gonzelez estate and Reader sued the pickup truck driver, Michael Allen Hilton, for negligence. They alleged Hilton was intoxicated and failed to yield the right-of-way to the motorcycle, which Hilton disputed. Hilton maintained that the motorcycle had been traveling at a high rate of speed and had been seen weaving in and out of traffic, and that Gonzalez’s negligence exceeded any negligent action on his part.
Estate of Gonzalez v. Hilton
Horry County, SC
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