On August 21, a jury found in favor of the City of Medina in the retrial of a discrimination lawsuit filed by former Medina police chief Jeffrey Chen.
In April 2011, Chen filed a lawsuit against the city and City Manager Donna Hanson on the basis of racial discrimination after a controversial resignation that later became an administrative leave order before resulting in his full dismissal.
In March 2013, Chen was awarded $2 million in damages for his dismissal.
However, in August 2013, a federal judge vacated the jury’s verdict, concluding that Chen’s lawyer, Marianne Jones, had improperly influenced the members of the jury in seeing Chen as a victim of racial discrimination.
At the retrial, the city claimed Chen lied about his allegations. Jones claimed Hanson intended to ruin him. Jones did not comment on whether Chen would appeal.