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Voland-Goland v. City of Chicago
Citation:89 F. Supp. 3d 983 (N.D. Ill. 2015)
Two Chicago police officers used pepper spray and physical force to arrest the plaintiff following a traffic stop. The defendant was later prosecuted in a criminal trial by the state of Illinois. The plaintiff testified in his own defense and the jury acquitted him. The plaintiff sued the defendant for a violation of his civil rights. Before the case came to trial, the plaintiff died. The plaintiff’s estate continued the suit. The estate sought to allow introduction of the deceased plaintiff’s testimony from a criminal trial. However, the defendants argued that it could not be considered a predecessor in interest to the defendants and that it did not have a similar motive to develop the deceased plaintiff’s testimony upon cross-examination.
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