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Lawsuit against Campbell, bailiff settled

Published: Thu, September 8, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack



A woman who was shot during a scuffle with the municipal-court bailiff has settled a lawsuit in federal court.

Angela Trice-Harris had filed her suit in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio over the March 5, 2010, shooting that put her in the hospital.

She sued the city and bailiff James Cioffi in March this year for $1.5 million.

The amount of the settlement, reached at a conference last week, is undisclosed.

Law Director Mark Kolmacic said the city’s insurance company and Trice-Harris have a confidentiality agreement. He said the city is taking the position that it is the insurance company’s money.

Atty. D. John Travis, who represented the city and Cioffi for the insurance company, said Wednesday he will not reveal the amount.

“It’s a confidential settlement by virtue of the agreement in federal court,” he said.

Trice-Harris, 30, was shot while sitting in her car in front of the municipal building on Tenney Avenue. The court is in that building. She had run from the court, police reports said, as she was about to be arrested on a probation violation.

Cioffi chased her out to the car. After she got in, he drew his weapon, a .40-caliber Glock handgun.

Police said he ordered her out of the car, and she refused. Cioffi contended Trice-Harris reached for the gun, grabbed it and pulled it toward her, and it discharged.

In her suit, Trice-Harris told a different version of the events that led to the shooting.

She said she was given permission to leave the courtroom to have a cigarette. She said she was sitting in the car with the door open when Cioffi approached, yelling at her to return to the courtroom.

She said she needed to adjust her prosthetic leg to stand up, then he reached for her, brandishing the gun, and shot her.

Trice-Harris spent four days at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

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