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A U.S. district judge set trial for Jan. 23, 2017 for the lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland
HOUSTON (AP) — A judge on Thursday set a 2017 trial date for a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a black woman who died in a Texas jail cell three days after her arrest during a contentious traffic stop last summer.
U.S. District Judge David Hittner set trial for Jan. 23, 2017, for the lawsuit filed by the family of Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old Chicago-area woman whose death July 13 was ruled by a medical examiner to be a suicide. Her family disputes the finding and is seeking unspecified damages from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the white state trooper who arrested her, Waller County and two jailers.
Cannon Lambert, the Bland family’s lead attorney, told Hittner he couldn’t accept the suicide finding – that she hung herself in her jail cell by using a plastic garbage bag as a ligature – because his legal team hasn’t been able to examine the report of an investigation of the case by the Texas Rangers following Bland’s death.
“We’ve not had occasion to assess fingerprints on the ligature,” Lambert told the judge. “A lot of information we frankly don’t have. We’re not able to finish our own medical investigation.”
Asked by Hittner whether he disputed the characterization of suicide, Lambert replied: “That’s right. It’s undetermined.”
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