Former Yale teacher called suspect settles lawsuit - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Former Yale teacher called suspect settles lawsuit


A former Yale University lecturer who was named as a suspect but never charged in the 1998 killing of a student has settled his lawsuit against the university and New Haven police.

David Grudberg, attorney for James Van De Velde, says he can't disclose the amount of the settlement. He says Van De Velde should never have been named a suspect and the case highlights the terrible harm that can occur to innocent people when there's a rush to judgment.

A Yale spokeswoman and attorney for the city also confirmed the settlement.

Van de Velde said in his lawsuit that being named a suspect violated his civil rights and damaged his reputation, career and health.

The killing of 21-year-old Yale student Suzanne Jovin remains unsolved.

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