October 26, 2014

Defense seeks to slash bills of Jordan Miles attorneys

Attorneys for three police officers today asked a federal judge not to order the city of Pittsburgh to pay nearly $1.1 million to the attorneys for Homewood man Jordan Miles. [Continue Reading]

Mayor Bill Peduto reacts to Jordan Miles verdict

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With both Jordan Miles and the three Pittsburgh Police officers claiming a win after Monday’s split jury verdict, Mayor Bill Peduto played it down the middle. “In a way, that decision was a split decision, going in both ways. It really is reflective of the way people in this city view this case,” Peduto said. [Continue Reading]

Defense Rests In Civil Re-Trial Of 3 City Officers

Harold Hayes, KDKA-TV—Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday morning after days of testimony in the civil re-trial for three Pittsburgh Police officers accused of using excessive force against a former CAPA student. Officer Richard Ewing, testifying as a defense witness on Wednesday morning, was cross-examined by Jordan Miles’ attorney, Joel Sansone, and was questioned about his previous testimony. [Continue Reading]

Expert calls Jordan Miles’ version of events ‘fantasy’

By Brian Bowling, TribLIVE—A retired police officer called as an expert witness in a Homewood man’s federal civil rights case testified that he couldn’t offer an opinion about either side’s credibility but then called the man’s version of what happened a “fantasy.” [Continue Reading]

Testimony nearing end in Jordan Miles’ case against Pittsburgh police officers

By Rich Lord/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—On the 10th day of testimony, the Jordan Miles civil trial started off tranquilly, but returned to its tempestuous tone as the plaintiff’s attorney sought to trip up the defense’s expert. Joseph Stine, a former inspector with the Philadelphia Police Department, told the jury that according to the defendant officers, Mr. Miles “basically fights with every fiber of his being to resist being taken into custody.” Asked about Mr. Miles’ version of the arrest, Mr. Stine said it “has changed over time depending on who he’s talking to.” [Continue Reading]

Jordan Miles: ‘They never said they were police officers’

By Rebecca Nuttall/Pittsburgh City Paper—Jordan Miles spent this morning detailing the night he says three police officers confronted and beat him as he walked to his grandmother’s house in Homewood. Miles says officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing jumped out of a car and attacked him without ever identifying themselves as cops. The officers claim they identified themselves and approached Miles because he was acting suspiciously. [Continue Reading]

Different attorney, evidence in Jordan Miles retrial

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—A late-night encounter on a snowy Homewood street that crystalized police-community tensions is set to become the subject of a retrial that could be more contentious than the first, thanks to some bullets and a new team of lawyers. The first-hand accounts of the Jan. 12, 2010, incident on Tioga Street aren’t likely to change. [Continue Reading]

Second Jordan Miles civil trial moved to March

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette—The second trial in the civil case filed by Jordan Miles against Pittsburgh police officers has been postponed from a November date to March 10. U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone issued the new trial schedule today. [Continue Reading]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ex-Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper indicted

U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell today announced a federal grand jury handed up a five count indictment of former Pittsburgh police chief Nate Harper. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Cessar said the indictment included one count of criminal conspiracy. Judge Mitchell described the four other counts as “tax problems.” The grand jury foreman said 17 members were present and at least 12 voted to indict. Mr. Cessar motioned for an arrest warrant. At an afternoon initial appearance and arraignment before U.S. Judge Mitchell, Mr. Harper pleaded not guilty as is standard at this stage of federal proceeding. He appeared in a brown suit with attorneys Robert DelGreco and Robert Leicht, who said they will continue to represent him. [Continue Reading]

Statement from the Miles Family about the Civil Trial Partial Verdict

(Photo: James Knox)

We do not consider the mistrial a setback but rather a bump on the road to justice. We will continue to trust in the Lord, and will gladly proceed to the next step. We continue to covet the prayers and support of the many people who have been with us from the beginning. Please be encouraged and don’t give up because we never will. [Continue Reading]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jordan Miles trial witness does not remember pop bottle

Rich Lord, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette— The third week of the Jordan Miles civil trial began this morning with testimony from two neighbors who said they found what were apparently braids of the young man’s hair in a hedgerow the morning after his encounter with police.

Rustbelt Radio Special Feature: The Jordan Miles Civil Trial

Three of the four Rustbelt Radio reporters who have been covering the trial, (L-R) Don Carpenter, Helen Gerhardt, and Kayla Slicker. Also working with the Rustbelt team, Nigel Parry. (Photo: Nigel Parry)

Featuring interviews with Terez Miles, Tim Stevens, and Brandi Fisher. Rustbelt Radio’s Nigel Parry, Don Carpenter, Helen Gerhardt, and Kayla Slicker contributed to this report about the first two weeks of the civil trial. [Continue Reading]

Associated Press: Second officer on stand in Pittsburgh beating case

Associated Press—The second of three white Pittsburgh police officers being sued by a young black man who claims he was wrongfully beaten and arrested has taken the stand to defend himself against civil rights allegations. David Sisak told the federal court jury on Monday that he tackled Jordan Miles through some hedges _ one of […]

WTAE: Jordan Miles testifies against police for first time

PITTSBURGH – A young black man who claims three white Pittsburgh police officers wrongfully beat and arrested him on a Homewood street described the incident publicly for the first time Thursday as a federal civil rights trial continued downtown. “Hearing him explain what he went through is like — I wish could have just taken […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Jordan Miles gives his version of police beating

By Rich Lord Jordan Miles finally had his say Thursday in the region’s most contentious police abuse trial since the 1990s, but if attorneys for three accused officers have their way, his case could snap under the weight of a twig.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: ‘I thought I was going to be robbed,’ Miles says of 2010 encounter with 3 Pittsburgh officers

By Brian Bowling and Margaret Harding It normally took Jordan Miles three to five minutes to walk between his mother’s house on Tioga Street and his grandmother’s house on Susquehanna Street in Homewood, where he slept on most school nights. On Jan. 12, 2010, he didn’t reach his grandmother’s house and, instead, wound up lying […]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Miles testifies how Pittsburgh police officers beat him

By Rich Lord Two years, six months and one week after his nighttime encounter with Pittsburgh police on Homewood’s Tioga Street, Jordan Miles was finally able to testify in court today at his civil trial alleging police brutality. Officers Richard Ewing, Michael Saldutte and David Sisak, who are accused of falsely arresting, beating and maliciously […]

Essential Public Radio: Jordan Miles Testifies in Civil Trial against Three Pittsburgh Police Officers Accused in Beating

Jordan Miles gave details Thursday about the night he was beaten by three plain clothes police officers. In day three of the civil suit trial against the officers, the young man said he was terrified of the men.

Associated Press: Lawyer: Police tell ‘fairy tale’ about Pa. arrest

By Joe Mandak PITTSBURGH (AP) — The lawyer for a black high school student who said he was beaten and wrongly arrested by three white city police officers told a jury Tuesday that the police version of events is a “fairy tale.”

WPXI: Jordan Miles describes police beating while on stand during civil trial

PITTSBURGH — A young black man told jurors Thursday he was beaten by three white plainclothes police officers, then choked and told to “shut up” when he began praying during what he contends was a wrongful arrest on a snowy night more than two years ago.