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04-30-07, 02:29 PM #1
YEAH! Good news
Court: High-speed chase suspects can't sue police
POSTED: 1:17 p.m. EDT, April 30, 2007
Story Highlights• Ruling protects police from lawsuits by suspects who lead them on chases
• Supreme Court rules 8-1 against Georgia teen paralyzed in crash
• Police car rammed teen's car off road; teen had been driving 100 mph
• Police dash-cam video played a key role in the high court's decision
By Bill Mears
CNN Washington Bureau
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday gave police officers significant protection from lawsuits by suspects who lead them on car chases.
The justices ruled 8-1 against Georgia teenager Victor Harris, who was left a quadriplegic after a police vehicle rammed his car off the road in 2001.
A police officer used "reasonable force" when ramming the teen's speeding car, the high court ruled. A videotape of the pursuit played a key role in the decision.
"The car chase that [Harris] initiated in this case posed substantial and immediate risk of serious physical injury to others," Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for the majority. "[Deputy Timothy] Scott's attempt to terminate the chase by forcing [Harris] off the road was reasonable."
The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled that Harris' lawsuit against the deputy could go forward. The justices overturned the lower court ruling, meaning the suit can be dismissed.
Eight of the nine justices said they had closely viewed the videotape of the six-minute nighttime chase. It was taken from the dashboard of Scott's car and from the vehicle of another deputy from a neighboring county.
Similar pursuits have been aired, sometimes live, on many cable and broadcast television stations, and entire programs have been built around such incidents, such as "World's Wildest Police Chases."
04-30-07, 02:34 PM #2
Good Job!Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.
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04-30-07, 03:27 PM #3
Beat me to it!
Yup, a MAJOR victory, courtesy of the "new and improved" Supreme Court!
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04-30-07, 03:52 PM #4
Great news!Calm Like A Bomb...
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04-30-07, 04:25 PM #5
Wow, the Supreme court has ruled that the one who started it is responsible. I hope this ruling has a trickle down effect in some other areas as well.
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04-30-07, 04:29 PM #6
I love this new Bush court
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04-30-07, 05:23 PM #7
Wow, we might be able to chase in the Shitty of Shitcago again. No wait we won't seeing we break the law everyday by not being allowed by our dirt ball mayor to enforce immigration laws.
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04-30-07, 06:56 PM #8
Kewl!!!!!!!!!YEAH, IM THE BERRIES, AND CHERRIES IN YOUR REAR VIEW MIRROR.
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