HAPPY HOUR HOUSTON — A Houston attorney who sued the Houston Police Department for arresting a black man in 2011 and later settled a wrongful arrest lawsuit that went to trial has died of brain and spinal cancer.
The attorney, Casey Anthony, 50, was found dead at her home Wednesday afternoon, her family said.
She was known for her aggressive and controversial legal work, which included suing the city of Houston in federal court over the death of a white Houston man who was shot while walking his dog in 2014.
The city paid Anthony $1.7 million and agreed to pay her attorney fees, but the lawsuit also accused the city and police of violating his civil rights by failing to use a stop sign on his way home from work.
A civil rights lawsuit was filed against the city by Anthony’s attorney in November 2016, claiming that officers ignored Anthony’s repeated requests for police assistance during a traffic stop in March 2016.
The suit was later settled for $800,000, and a federal judge ruled in April that the settlement didn’t violate Anthony’s civil rights.