A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has issued a ruling that only a portion of the lawsuit against former president Donald Trump regarding the death of a Capitol Police officer will proceed.Brian Sicknick may move forward, issuing a split decision in the suit brought by his longtime partner.
On Tuesday, Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court made a ruling stating that Sandra Garza, the partner of Officer Sicknick, is able to continue with her civil lawsuit against former President Trump for the officer’s death on January 6, 2021. However, only two of the counts will be allowed. Mehta dismissed the wrongful death and negligence charges against Trump, but Garza’s claims under D.C.’s Survival Act will be allowed to move forward. The Survival Act permits a person’s legal representative to pursue legal action on their behalf after their death. In this case, Garza is acting as the representative for Sicknick’s estate.
Garza sued Trump, along with George Tanios and Julian Khater, who were defendants in the Jan. 6 incident. Khater received a sentence of over six years in prison for admitting to spraying the officer, while Tanios pleaded guilty to lesser charges. However, neither of them were charged with Sicknick’s death.
He passed away due to natural causes following two strokes near the base of his brainstem, which were caused by a clot in an artery. It was mentioned that his actions during the Capitol defense on January 6th contributed to his condition.
In a distinct criminal proceeding,Trump is accused
Trump has been accused of trying to invalidate the outcome of the 2020 presidential election and his involvement in the events of January 6. Despite multiple accusations, he has continuously denied responsibility for the assault.
Melissa Quinn was a contributor to this report.