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Court To Review Case Of Stun-Gunned Pregnant Woman

SEATTLE, Wash. - A federal appeals court has agreed to reconsider the case of a pregnant woman who was stun-gunned by Seattle police when she refused to sign a traffic ticket. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out Malaika Brooks' case in March, saying the police officers were justified when they used the Taser.

The ruling prompted an incredulous dissent from one member of the panel who called the decision "off the wall" and said Brooks posed no threat whatsoever. The appeals court said this week it will rehear the case with an 11-judge panel.

Brooks gave birth to a healthy baby two months after the traffic stop, but she says she still has scars from the stun gun.

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