$10 Million Verdict Returned In Domestic Violence Wrongful Death Suit

In a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the Town of Plainville and two of its police officers, a Connecticut jury has awarded $10 million to the family of a woman killed by her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day 2009.

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  • Evan Stark

    Congratulations due to plaintiffs‘ attorneys in the Notice case should be shared by Michele Cruz, the former head of the Office of the Victim Advocate in CT. A year before the case was filed, Attorney Cruz conducted an extensive investigation and published a report that included a scatching and well documented indictment of police conduct. Indeed, it was her report in the Notice case, along with other courageous reports by her office critical of the institutional response to victims in Connecticut, that led the Governor to replace Cruz.

    She understood that credible threats and stalking, in this case electronic as well as physical, are common prequels to homicide in abuse cases requiring an aggressive response from law enforcement. In Connecticut, police are protected from liability if they err in the process of enforcing our domestic violence laws, not when they disregard those laws, ignore pleas for help and obvious signs that a victim is at risk and directly contribute to her enhanced risk and/or death, whether out of malice or sheer stupidity.

    Evan Stark

  • Joseph R. Sastre

    "There was no apparent risk of physical injury to the victim at any time prior to the murder."

    if there was a restraining order there was, at least in one judge‘s view, an imminent threat of physical harm before the murder.

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