Civil Liberties

Man Who Won Case Against Chicago Cops Fails At Attempt to Keep Portion of Attorney's Fees

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 A man who held Chicago police liable for excessive force cannot keep 60 percent of the amount meant for his attorneys, the 7th Circuit ruled.

In a February 2006 complaint against Chicago and several officers, Morad Elusta claimed that police used excessive force while searching his home and falsely arrested him. The city offered to settle Elusta's claims for $100,000, but Elusta refused the offer because he was unwilling to award his attorneys, David Cerda and John De Leon, a 40 percent share.