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Supreme Court rules on Washington stun gun case

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The U.S. Supreme Court says it won't review cases questioning police use of stun guns. The justices made their ruling in part based on a case in Washington State.

Seattle police pulled over Malaika Brooks in 2004 for going 32 miles per hour in a 20 mph school zone. Brooks, seven months pregnant at the time, refused to sign the citation. Three officers ended up shooting her three times with taser guns.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the officers used excessive force, but the court also said brooks couldn't sue because the officers have qualified immunity from any legal action because laws regarding stun-gun use were unclear at the time of the incident.

The Supreme Court upheld the ruling, however, the justices say the woman can pursue assault and battery claims under Washington State law.