A state appeals court has thrown out a quarter-million dollar damage award given a man wrongfully arrested at a Kansas City casino. The State Appeals Court agrees that Tracey Blue was wrongly identified as the person who stole another player’s roulette chips and that he was wrongfully held and taken through the casino by a State Gaming Commission agent and a highway patrol security officer. A jury gave him $250,000 in punitive damages but no actual damages. The judge voided the punitive damages and the Appeals Court says he was correct. However the appeals court has ordered a new trial on the fales arrest claim against Highway Patrolman B.L. Sweiger, who was working security for the Gaming Commission in the casino.
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