Kentucky attorneys Craig Henry PLC sued Louisville officials alleging they caused a wrongful criminal conviction. The lawsuit includes claims for violations of the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment, and a claim for malicious prosecution.
The lawsuit alleges that Louisville officials knew U.B. Thomas III was an alcoholic and drug addict but they provided him alcohol and permitted him access to pain pills to coerce him to confess falsely to several arsons. Thomas further alleges Louisville officials suppressed material evidence that Thomas could have used at trial to defend himself. Due to the officials’ alleged unconstitutional conduct, a jury sentenced Thomas to 20 years in prison. After serving eight years, a Jefferson County judge vacated Thomas’ convictions.
If you would like to learn more, please read this article about U.B.’s case in the Courier Journal.
When government officials take actions that lead to a person’s criminal prosecution without sufficient evidence against that person, those officials may be liable for civil rights violations if the person is ultimately absolved of the charges.
If government officials wrongfully helped prosecute you or a loved one of a crime and a judge later dismissed the charges, Craig Henry PLC offers a free consultation to discuss your situation and advise you of your legal options.