Wrongful incarceration case suffers legal blow

2 years 11 months 2 days ago August 23, 2014 Aug 23, 2014 Saturday, August 23 2014 Saturday, August 23, 2014 3:16:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man who spent two months in jail on charges for another man has suffered a legal blow.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a federal judge tossed out the bulk of Cedric Wright's lawsuit Friday. Police arrested Wright in August 2011 on charges of stealing beer and a bag of chips. Officers thought he was a man wanted on multiple warrants named Corey D. Leonard.

Wright was jailed for two months, even though he documented his identity and despite the fact that Leonard was already locked up.

The suit claimed that Wright's constitutional rights were violated and that officials failed to provide employees with proper training, policies and supervision.

Wright's attorney, James Hacking, said he was "disappointed" but "respected" the ruling.

 

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