Wall St. cheat defeats ex for a bigger split
A MANHATTAN federal jury on Tuesday awarded $2.21 million to the family of a mentally ill Harlemwho was fatally shot by police.
Mohamed Bah, 28, was shot dead inside his apartment in September 2012 after police said he tried to stab cops responding to a 911 call.
The slain taxi driver’s family filed a federal civil rights suit against the city the following year, arguing police had no reason to use deadly force in the confrontation with Bah.
Lawyers for the city told the jury that officers had no choice but to confront Bah, who was naked, holding a knife and acting erratically.
The jury found that Bah was clutching a knife but wasn’t advancing toward Detective Edwin Mateo when the cop opened fire.
The panel also found Lt. Michael Licitra improperly supervised his subordinates during the deadly incident.
After the verdict, Bah’s mother, Hawa, expressed gratitude to the jury but noted the win was bittersweet.
“I know I can have the victory, but I will not have my son again back,” she said.
A spokesman for the city Law Department said his office plans to take the steps necessary to force a review of the verdict. A PHILANDERING Wall Street honcho locked in a bitter divorce deserves a substantial cut of the couple’s home in part because his cheating wasn’t all that bad, an appeals court has ruled.
James Gansman (inset) is entitled to a 40% stake in his $4.75 million Park Ave. home — up from the 25% awarded by a lower court, according to a ruling by the 1st Appellate Division in Manhattan.
The disgraced former Ernst & Young partner was found guilty in 2009 of sharing confidential client information with a mistress he met on the “discreet affairs” website AshleyMadison.com.
Gansman spent one year behind bars for a crime that sank his marriage and sent his two sons into an emotional tailspin, court papers show.
“The husband’s adulterous conduct is not sufficiently egregious and shocking to the conscience to justify making an unequal distribution of the marital home,” the ruling said.
James and Linda Gansman married in June 1989. In 2000, she resigned from her $700,000-a-year job at JPMorgan Chase to raise their two kids.
At the time, Gansman was earning $1.25 million.
The couple’s finances took a huge hit amid the investigation and trial that sent Gansman to a federal prison.