The Blotter for May 16

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$8.6m awarded in deadly P.G. stabbing

A Prince George's County jury has awarded $8.6 million to the family of a man who was fatally stabbed at a club in Forestville, but the verdict may be merely symbolic. The jury found that the CFE Event Center failed to provide adequate security the night George Cooper, 25, was stabbed inside the club three years ago. Cooper was carried outside, where he was left on the sidewalk bleeding to death, according to his mother. The family's lawyer, Derrick G. Hamlin, told the Associated Press that the family's victory may be largely symbolic because the club is defunct and its former owner, Kevin Darby, is dead. The club was shut down in 2011 after it was cited under the county's new dance hall legislation.

D.C. court group wants to clarify post-arrest procedures

A District of Columbia nonprofit group is proposing that the city clarify arrest procedures for crimes like walking a dog without a leash or having an open container of alcohol. The Council for Court Excellence said in a report that the D.C. Code is vague about the "post-and-forfeit" process, where a person can pay a fee to stop a case from going forward. The report also says the "citation release" process, where a person is released if they agree to appear in court, is insufficient. About 17,000 people were arrested and released under those processes in the past year.

-- Scott McCabe

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