TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 25, 2018
A federal judge yesterday tossed out a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Knoxville Police Department officer who fatally shot an unarmed parolee in the back, Knoxnews reports. Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan ruled that attorney Richard Brooks failed to present enough evidence to allow the jury to consider whether the KPD officer had the legal right to use deadly force against parolee Ronald Carden. Brooks failed to offer evidence or expert witness before trial or during to contradict the account of the officer. Varlan said he had no choice but to dismiss the case via directed verdict.