10/15/2007

High court ruling may make officers individually liable for wrongful arrests

By Daniel Tepfer
The Connecticut Post Online

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against two city police officers by a man imprisoned for a gas station robbery he didn't commit.

The nation's highest court has let stand a lower court's ruling that a trial should decide whether Officer Jeremy DePietro and Detective Christopher Borona violated Christopher Russo's constitutional rights when they arrested him for the 2002 holdup even though a surveillance videotape of the crime apparently showed Russo was not the robber.

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