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Judge ends Norfolk police recruit death lawsuit

Tuesday - 4/30/2013, 7:51am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. -- A judge has stopped a lawsuit filed by the widow of a Norfolk police recruit who collapsed during training and later died.

Norfolk Circuit Court Judge Mary Jane Hall ruled that Virginia's worker's compensation law is the remedy for the family of 40-year-old John Kohn.

The Virginian-Pilot ( ) reports that Hall granted the city's motion for summary judgment on Monday.

Kohn collapsed during self-defense training at the Norfolk Police Department on Dec. 9, 2010, and later died. A state Labor Department investigation found he was repeatedly struck in the head. His widow, Patricia Kohn sued a former police chief, a former acting police chief and several training officers in 2011.

An attorney for Kohn's family, James C. Lewis, says he plans to appeal Hall's ruling to the Virginia Supreme Court.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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