Judge Carter on Tuesday ordered a new trial for the City of New York and two police officers after a jury had awarded a plaintiff more than $600,000 for unlawful arrest and excessive force. The basis for the reversal, which came after Judge Carter had denied the defendants’ motion for judgment as a matter of law: The plaintiff’s girlfriend, who had been a key witness corroborating the plaintiff’s version of events, sued the plaintiff in state court in the Bronx for breach of the contract they had signed promising her 20% of the verdict in return for her testimony.
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