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Ohio Court of Appeals Affirms Trial Court Order Removing TASER Device Reference From Three Death Certificates in Akron

Summit County Medical Examiner Must Change Autopsy Findings to Remove All References to TASER Electronic Control Device as a Contributing Cause of Death in the Death of Three Men

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 2, 2009 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TASER International, Inc. (Nasdaq:TASR), a leading provider of technology solutions and the market leader in electronic control devices (ECDs), announced that Ohio's 9th Judicial District Court of Appeals issued its decision in the appeal filed by Lisa Kohler, M.D., the Chief Medical Examiner of Summit County, in the case of TASER International, Inc., et. al. v. Chief Medical Examiner of Summit County, Ohio a.k.a. Dr. Lisa Kohler.

The ruling affirms the court order issued by the Summit County Court of Common Pleas directing Dr. Kohler to change her determination of the cause, manner, and mode of death in her autopsy findings with respect to three men who died during confrontations with law enforcement. Specifically, the trial court ordered Dr. Kohler to remove the TASER(r) electronic control device (ECD) as a contributing cause of death of Dennis S. Hyde, Richard Holcomb, and Mark D. McCullaugh. In finding that the trial court judge did not make an error in his decision regarding the TASER device, the appellate court wrote that he considered "the voluminous record" in the civil trial as well as testimony from a variety of expert witnesses who said the TASER device "did not contribute in any way" to the deaths of McCullaugh and the others. The appellate court reversed only as to the trial judge's order on McCullaugh with respect to chemical and mechanical restraint which was not part of the relief sought by TASER International in its petition.

This lawsuit was filed against the Summit County Ohio Chief Medical Examiner concerning three autopsies in which Dr. Kohler stated that the TASER ECD was a contributory cause of these three arrest related deaths. The City of Akron joined TASER International as a co-plaintiff in this suit which simply followed Ohio law by asking the court to perform its "checks and balances" role that the Ohio legislature mandates.

The trial court in its May 2, 2008 order overturned the medical examiner's determination of cause of death in all three cases, and ordered the removal of the TASER ECD as a cause of death and the change of the manner of death from "homicide" to "accidental" in Hyde and Holcomb and to "undetermined" in McCullaugh. The trial court found that there is "simply no medical, scientific or electrical evidence to support the conclusion that the TASER(r) X26 ECD had anything to do with the death of Dennis S. Hyde, Richard Holcomb, or Mark D. McCullaugh. The Medical Examiner failed to present any evidence of the use and effect of TASER devices."

"While we are very pleased that the Ohio Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court's ruling in favor of TASER International, we are even more gratified that the criminal charges filed against the law enforcement officers who were indicted because of the errors in these autopsy findings were either acquitted or dismissed," said Doug Klint, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TASER International. "We brought this suit as a matter of principle, to do the right thing to assist the law enforcement officers and medical personnel who were being criminally prosecuted and/or civilly sued for these deaths due to the errors made by the medical examiner," continued Klint.

"This litigation best represents the core values of our Company. TASER International made a significant financial commitment and drew the ire of many critics by bringing this litigation as a matter of integrity in support of the law enforcement officers and medical personnel who rely on our product in the field," concluded Klint.

About TASER International, Inc.

TASER International's products Protect Life and Protect Truth. TASER provides advanced Electronic Control Devices (ECDs) and innovative secured digital evidence collection and management solutions for use in the law enforcement, medical, military, corrections, professional security, and personal safety markets. TASER ECDs use proprietary technology to incapacitate dangerous, combative, or high-risk subjects who pose a risk to law enforcement officers, innocent citizens, or themselves in a manner that is generally recognized as a safer alternative to other uses of force. The TASER(r) AXON, a revolutionary on-officer tactical computer and video/audio recorder, combines with an integrated digital multi-media evidence storage and management platform -- EVIDENCE.com -- to provide an end-to-end solution to capture, store securely, and analyze digital evidence and information in ways that enables tactical and strategic decision making by law enforcement, as well as for legal evidentiary use.

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