Popper & Yatvin Settles Suit Over Philadelphia Police Shooting of Emotionally Disturbed Man On the afternoon of March 13, 2011, Carmelo Winans, an emotionally troubled young man, sat on the floor in an isolated corner of the kitchen of the house he shared with his father and grandparents.
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Congrats! Great job as always. Why did you sue on behalf of the estate and the kids in federal court and father in state?
The conventional wisdom is that Philadelphia juries, which tend to have greater racial and ethnic diversity, are more willing to be skeptical of police explanations for their conduct and more generous when they do find liability, than federal juries, which also draw from 8 suburban and rural counties in the eastern part of the state. Here, the father had a tort claim for infliction of emotional distress under Pennsylvania law, but no viable constitutional claim for the death of his adult son under governing Third Circuit precedent. See McCurdy v. Dodd. Because he was not in