RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The federal appeals court in Richmond has upheld a Maryland jury’s verdict clearing a Baltimore County SWAT team in a woman’s fatal shooting.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected claims that the verdict was tainted by faulty jury instructions and other errors. The panel said the case was capably argued by both sides, and nothing warranted upsetting the jury’s decision.

The family of Cheryl Noel, 44, sued after she was killed by police during a 2005 drug raid at her family’s rowhouse. Noel was holding a handgun when she was shot.

The family claimed police used excessive force and violated Noel’s constitutional rights by using a battering ram to break down the front door instead of knocking and announcing their presence.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. joan says:

    That family need to firer that sorry lawyer that might have been paid to go along with that monkey trick that the legal system pull time and time again.

    Question is, did the swat team have a legal search warrant at that time for the right to do the force entrance into that home owner house.

    bad enough the woman was shoot, but those swat team officers did not have to be allowed to commit this murder in cold blood !!

    Well, I just want the family to know, that their family member trail is no over.
    God has the last say in all injustices. Oh, the court of human error my have over turned the truth for a lie. But those swat team police officers better get to know when Jehovah God give Jesus Christ the order to return to this earth this 2nd time in the flesh. There is no higher power then God. so those same police will stand in the Court Of God. The Holy Spirit Bean Witness To All Truth !!! That is when all things will be revealed on God’s Judgment Day. To the family of the murdered victim, hold your heads up high because the battle is already won ! Jesus Christ is now on your side. Have Strong Faith That Moves Mountains !!!! It is Done. Amen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. joan says:

      Jesus Christ is on the main line, tell him what you want, Amen glory be to the most high God that seen, heard and saw what really took place as this poor woman was murdered !!

      God I pray that it will be your mighty power to not let those swat team members have no peace within their lives, i pray that you expose that wicked Judge, lawyers and every body that heard that dead murder woman trail. Don’t let the Devil think that he has won that dead lost soul. reveal, oh God reveal the hidden truth in the blood of Jesus christ.

      God I cry out to you Jehovah God , in the name of Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit, Abba…the only way that I know. Because I am a soldier in the Army of the Lord, I am a spiritual warrior with the Lord thou God.
      It is God that is moving his spirit with in my heart as I pray to fight this family battle against satan the devil that time is short and Jesus Christ is near. We human beings are in a evil spiritual war fare. HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH GOD !
      The victory is in your hands Abba,- God , It is done …! Amen, Amen , Glory ,Glory To The Almighty God In Heaven. Repent, People, Get Ready, Get Ready ,People.

      NO Body knows the time of the day nor hour but God. This is Prophecy in this end ime. God is sending his son the Christ that is going to rock this evil old system of things. Christ is going to shake the Devil Kingdom Off this Earth !
      It’s too much evil, this world is in a sick state. Repent because the next hour could be too late. This woman my not have taken notice, but you do. Pray some body, help some body, save some body, tell some body about the power of God.

      I gald that Jesus is coming …..mmmmmmmmm Yes Lord Come !!!!!! Help every ilost soul that refuse to know that it is you that is the true Christ that is about to bring God kingdom here on earth, this is the gospel to repent and be save that all will not be destroyed during the 2nd judgment of God/

  2. common sense says:

    Play stupid games….win stupid prizes.

    Point a gun at the police, get shot, then send youf family on a money grab since YOU chose to sell drugs and have a firearm in your house.

    And you radical religious wing-nut. Thousands have died at the hands of you do good Chrisitian folks…Missed the part about the Crusades eh?

  3. Larry says:

    If you have drugs and guns and the police break in–drop the gun, drop the drugs and you won’t get shot. I don’t know how in hell this got this far. God BLESS the police for the dangerous job they do for protecting themselves from the dangerous people they have to face. PS–if you want to make a change –DO something after you pray. Get off your butt and report some of this crime. Report the people with guns. Report strange people hanging on corners.

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