After two days of deliberations, a Hartford jury returned a $10 million verdict against two Plainville, Ct., police officers for their handling of a graduate student’s case against her ex-boyfriend, who fatally stabbed her in 2009, the Hartford Courant reports. The man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for murder and violation of a restraining order.
One officer had called the ex-boyfriend the night the woman died, inadvertently tipping him off that she had reported him to police for sending an email. Also found negligent was his boss, a sergeant who didn’t bother to read the email. The lawsuit charged that “for the five weeks between the issuance of the restraining order and her murder, [the student] did everything in her power to persuade the police to protect her from [her ex-boyfriend] based on his persistent, threatening conduct.” Scott Karsten, an attorney for the city, said the verdict would be appealed on the ground that “the officers should be insulated from liability by the doctrine of governmental immunity, which is a question of pure law that is designed in part to prevent the officers from being second-guessed for the hard and consequential decisions they have to make on a routine basis.”