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Case Style: Rachelle Jackson v. City of Chicago, et al.
Case Number: 03-CV-08289
Judge: Ruben Castillo
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Cook County
Plaintiff's Attorney: Chris Smith, Jim Baranyk, Phillip Coffey and Jared Samuel Kosoglad, Law Office of Christopher R. Smith, Chicago, Illinois
Law Offices of Daniel S. Alexander, Chicago, Illinois
Defendant's Attorney: Stacy Ann Benjamin, Eileen Ellen Rosen,
Silvia Mercado Masters, Rock Fusco, LLC, Chicago, Illinois
Andrew M. Hale,
Ebone Alexis Liggins,
Avi T. Kamionski, Andrew M. Hale & Associates, LLC, Chicago, Illinois
Description: Rachelle Jackson sued Kelly Brogan, Michael O'Donnell and Patrick J McCormack
on a civil rights violation theory under 42 U.S.C. 1983 claiming that she was falsely accused of stealing Police Officer Kelly Brogan's star and her partner's gun after an accident in 2002. Jackson claimed that on November 19, 2002 she heard the sound of a car wreck outside her home and when she went to investigate, she found that Officers Brogan in a burning patrol car. She claimed that she rescued Brogan from the burning car and was then falsely arrested and jailed for ten months before being exonerated. She further claimed that she was wrongfully interrogated for fifty hours.
The defenses asserted by defendants are not available.
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $7.9 million including $150,000 for federal false arrest; $250,000 for state false arrest; $500,000 for coercive questioning; $1 million for length of confinement; $2 million for malicious prosecution; and $4 million for intentional inflection of emotional distress.
The verdict in this case was reduced in response to post trial motions by the Court to $1.9 million on January 29, 2009.
Plaintiff's Experts: Unknown
Defendant's Experts: Unknown