SB Police Officers Speak Back
updated: Oct 26, 2011, 8:50 PM Source: SB Police Officers Association
Police Union Claims Don't Add Up
updated: Oct 22, 2011, 12:31 PM By Dale Francisco
Man Wrongly Convicted of Murder Sues Prosecutors
Law: Efren Cruz of Oxnard seeks $120 million. He served four years for a shooting in Santa Barbara.
Last week, Cruz filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that accuses nearly a dozen law enforcement officials of violating his civil rights before and after his trial. The lawsuit accuses Santa Barbara County Dist. Atty. Thomas W. Sneddon and three senior prosecutors of conspiracy and malicious prosecution for allegedly withholding evidence favorable to Cruz.
Prosecutors and six Santa Barbara police officers are accused of negligent investigation for allegedly failing to pursue evidence that indicated that another suspect was the killer.The lawsuit also charges Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Hilary Dozer, lead prosecutor on the case, with defamation for blaming Cruz in the media "when he knew or should have known that there was great doubt that [Cruz] was [the] actual shooter."
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