By Cyrus Langhorne
A New York judge has called upon all representatives involved in the 2006 shooting of Sean Bell to return to court this month to settle the wrongful death suit filed by his fiancée.
According to New York’s Daily News, U.S. Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann is requiring a rep from each person who took part in the horrific slaying of Bell including the detectives who were cleared of the criminal charges. The decision comes as a response to Assistant Corporation Counsel David Hazan’s June 27th written request to further the case.
“It would be more efficient and would save the parties significant resources if, at this juncture, the parties pursue avenues other than discovery to resolve this case,” he wrote.
Refusing to comment on what this decision will mean to Bell’s fiancée, Nicole Paultre-Bell, her lawyer Sanford Rubenstein did state that the federal government’s involvement was vital.
“What’s important to the victim is the federal government’s investigation into federal civil rights violations, which is ongoing,” he said.
As of now, their involvement began last April when detectives Michael Oliver, Gescard Isnora, and Marc Cooper were acquitted. Despite the ruling, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has previously stated that the fatal shooting “sounds like excessive force”.
All representatives are scheduled to appear in Brooklyn Federal Court on July 16th.