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Wrongful death suit filed in federal court on behalf of Chauncey Hardy estate – Middletown Press

By Ann DeMatteoadematteo@middletownpress.com
When the body of a professional basketball player from Middletown was shipped back from Romania, a West Haven lawyer promised the man’s mother he would do everything he could to bring justice for Chauncey D. Hardy.On Wednesday, six days prior to the year anniversary of Hardy’s death, attorney Rick Altschuler filed a wrongful death suit in U.S. District Court in New Haven. Hardy, a standout at Xavier High School in Middletown and then Sacred Heart University, was 23 when he was beaten up in a bar after a basketball game; he died because doctors at a low-level hospital didn’t immediately treat his injuries, the suit said.“When the body came back from Romania, I promised his mother that I would bring justice back here in the United States,” Altschuler said, referring to Olamae Hardy, the deceased athlete’s mother and administratrix of his estate.Altschuler is seeking more than $ 210 million in punitive and compensatory damages against defendants, including the man who caused fatal blows to Chauncey Hardy, the Romanian Basketball Federation and one its representatives, Theo Matthew Evans of Oregon, a Romanian hospital and two unnamed doctors.

Altschuler said he is bringing suit under the several statutes, including the state wrongful death statute and the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act. “The underlying basis in this case was contractual, which led to the wrongful death of Chancey Hardy in Giurgiu, Romania, based on a contractual written contract between the decedent” and the basketball federation, which was signed in the United States.Another reason why he is seeking justice in the United States is because he has been warned by Romanian lawyers that he’s not going to get justice for an African-American basketball player in [...]

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Appeals Court Reverses Wrongful Death Award in Malik Jones Case – Hartford Courant

A federal appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $ 900,000 wrongful death verdict awarded to the mother of Malik Jones, a New Haven man shot to death by an East Haven police officer following a chase in 1997.
The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that Emma Jones failed in her effort to show that the fatal shooting of her son, an African American, was the result of “deliberate indifference” by East Haven to abuse by its police officers of the rights of blacks and other people of color.
The appellate decision reverses a finding by a jury at U.S. District Court in Hartford as well as a ruling by Connecticut’s chief federal judge, Alvin W. Thompson, who presided over trial of the suit.

Emma Jones said she will discuss the appeals decision at a yet-to-be-scheduled press conference. Hugh Keefe, East Haven’s lawyer, said the decision probably will bring an end to prolonged and racially divisive litigation.

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The decision is a legal victory for East Haven. But the court’s language is unlikely to give comfort to a municipal government trying to dispel a perception that its town has been hostile to members of racial minorities.
Earlier this year, the town and its police force were battered by allegations of racial bias following a yearslong civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice. The government accused the police department of bias, illegal searches and the use of excessive force.
Following the investigation, the federal government sued the town and charged four police officers with conspiracy, false arrest, excessive force and obstruction of justice in connection with the mistreatment of Hispanics.
In a footnote to its decision, the appeals court [...]

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