Court overturns judge’s decision to wipe out $38M Korryn Gaines verdict

Korryn Gaines
Korryn Gaines

source: The Grio
published: 2 July 2020

A state appeals court has ruled that a Baltimore County judge was wrong to overturn a jury verdict awarding $38 million to the family of Korryn Gaines.

Gaines is the 23-year-old Randallstown, Maryland woman who made headlines in 2016 after she was shot and killed in a standoff with county police. Gaines barricaded herself and her son in her home armed with a shotgun after expressing anti-police sentiments. Her family said she suffered from a dissociative mental disorder.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the lower court abused its discretion in throwing out the jury’s decision to award Gaines’ family and son the money.

Despite this latest ruling, attorneys disagree about whether the 80-page opinion reinstates all of the historic award, which is currently the largest ever against a Baltimore-area police force. But Ken Ravenell, an attorney for Gaines’ family, said that at least for now the money is reinstated in full.

“This is obviously huge for Kodi and the rest of the Gaines family,” Ravenell said. “The court found that the trial judge violated the law in taking that verdict away. They can now expect that they can collect a significant award in the near future.”

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