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Judge: Reduce witnesses in suit

on July 10, 2012 11:00 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A federal judge has told attorneys to pare down their lists of potential witnesses in a civil lawsuit alleging that Pittsburgh police used excessive force against an art student two years ago.

U.S. District Judge Gary Lancaster's statement came in a pretrial conference on the federal civil rights suit by 20-year-old Jordan Miles alleging physical and psychological injuries stemming from the 2010 arrest. The officers say Miles resisted arrest and they used proper force.

The judge also ruled that evidence on the backgrounds of plaintiff and officers can be introduced only for impeachment or rebuttal. He has yet to rule on a plaintiff's motion to bar officers from saying they found and discarded a soda bottle that they thought was a weapon.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin next week.

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