Successful Defense of Police Department and Detectives in Civil Rights Lawsuit.
We obtained dismissal of our clients, a local police department and two of its detectives, on a motion to dismiss. The plaintiff, who had been acquitted of the sexual assault of an emotionally disturbed teenage girl, sued the detectives and their department, alleging the detectives should not have arrested him, even in the face of an identification of him as the rapist, his own inconsistent statements, and documentation that he and his victim had checked into a local motel on the date of one of the assaults. His reasoning was that the victim was not a credible witness, given her drug use (some of which he had provided) and her troubled past (which, ironically, was probably the reason he chose her as a victim). The court dismissed the civil rights claim against our clients.