Judge Sides with Mother of Police Shooting Victim

A federal appeals court has sided with a Connecticut woman seeking damages from East Haven for the police shooting death of her 21-year-old son.

East Haven officials had challenged a judge's order that a new trial be held to determine compensatory damages in the shooting death of Malik Jones.

The case involves Emma Jones, who is seeking a new trial on compensatory damages against the town for the 1997 shooting of her son.

A federal jury in Hartford did not award any compensatory damages to Jones in a 2003 verdict. The jury did approve $2.5 million in punitive damages, but a federal judge threw out the award.

However, the same judge ordered a new trial on compensatory damages, which the town appealed.

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