Jordan Miles seeks new trial against police officers
A Homewood man on Thursday asked a federal judge for a new trial on his claim that three Pittsburgh police officers maliciously prosecuted him.
A federal jury in August acquitted Officers Michael Saldutte, David Sisak and Richard Ewing on the claim that they maliciously prosecuted Jordan Miles, 20, to cover up their actions during a Jan. 12, 2010, arrest on Tioga Street in Homewood.
The jury deadlocked on Miles' claims that the officers falsely arrested him and used excessive force. J. Kerrington Lewis, one of Miles' attorneys, said Miles will automatically get a second chance to prove those claims, so the motion filed Thursday only deals with seeking a new trial on the malicious prosecution.
The motion argues that U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster gave the jury the wrong instruction on how to reach a verdict on the malicious prosecution charge and excluded evidence that would have proven the officers had a motive for pursuing charges against Miles, he said.
Robert Leight, one of the attorneys representing the officers, declined comment. The other two attorneys, James Wymard and Bryan Campbell, couldn't be reached.
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