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  1. #1
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    Nov 2013

    MO - Ryan Ferguson-$100M Wrongful Coviction Lawsuit

    Ryan Ferguson has filed a lawsuit seeking damages for his "wrongful conviction". The lawsuit if some 50 pages long. He was released in November 2013 after nearly 10 years behind bars.


    "It was filed on the tenth anniversary of Ferguson's arrest.

    The suit named the city of Columbia, Boone County, former Boone County prosecutor Kevin Crane, former Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm, and six Columbia police detectives.

    Ferguson and Zellner asked for $75 million in actual damages, $25 million in punitive damages, according to the 50 page document."
    Last edited by jggordo; 03-11-2014 at 10:41 AM. Reason: add paragraph

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    Nov 2013
    "The Missouri Attorney General confirmed Tuesday he will not seek a retrial of 29-yea-rold Ferguson. Attorney General Chris Koster announced he will not retry or seek further legal action against Ferguson.

    Koster said in a statement: "After studying the appellate court's opinion in Ferguson v. Dormire and carefully reviewing the remaining known evidence in the case, the Attorney General's office will not retry or pursue further action against Ryan Ferguson at this time."

    "Last week, the Western District Court of Appeals overturned Ferguson's murder and robbery convictions. The appeals panel said the prosecutor's office had withheld evidence from defense attorneys and that Ferguson did not receive a fair trial."

    Last edited by jggordo; 03-11-2014 at 10:57 AM.

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    Nov 2013
    Ryan and his followers with FB as well as WS members has raised awareness to not only his wrongful conviction but also many others.

    This case is indicative as to how LE must handle evidence, interrogate suspects properly and that all involved in the convictions of crimes are done properly.

    When it is not it does two things. Someone could be improperly charged and incarcerated. And also the true killer could be still running the streets, and not held accountable.

    These are my opinions.


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    Nov 2013
    This article link has to do with all the plaintiffs in his case. I believe there are 13.

    "Bill Ferguson, Ryan's father, said the civil case has been in the works for some time.

    "We want to have the federal lawsuit where we can demand accountability for the injustices Ryan suffered," Ferguson said.

    Henderson and Zellner's civil complaint lists 13 defendants:
    ◾Detective John Short
    ◾Detective Jeff Nichols
    ◾Detective Jeff Westbrook
    ◾Detective Bryan Liebhart
    ◾Detective Latisha Stroer
    ◾Detective Lloyd Simmons
    ◾Sergeant Stephen Monitcelli
    ◾Chief of Police Randy Boehm
    ◾The City of Columbia
    ◾Prosecutor's investigator Williams Haws
    ◾Prosecutor's investigator Ben White
    ◾Chief Prosecutor Kevin Crane
    ◾Boone County

    Of the police named in the complaint, only Detective Stroer is still employed by the Columbia Police Department. The others are retired or have moved on to other agencies.

    Last edited by jggordo; 03-11-2014 at 12:04 PM. Reason: add link

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    Nov 2013
    "Legal Experts weigh in on Ryan Ferguson $100M lawsuit "

    "The case is what is known as a "federal 1983" case, referring to the federal statute under which it is brought, 42 U.S.C. 1983. It allows people to sue federal employees or other "state actors," such as police officers or prosecutors, for violating their civil rights."

    Last edited by jggordo; 03-16-2014 at 06:01 PM. Reason: add link

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    Good for the Fergusons! I wish them well.

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    On TV now- Investigation Discovery

    His story is on I.D. right now for anyone unfamiliar with the history.

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    I just watched the 48 Hours episode on Ryan's case. I'm glad to see that he has written a book on his experiences which will be available in 2015.

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    Jan 2013
    I hope they win. I think a lot of lawsuits are frivolous, but this is one I fully stand behind.
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    Nov 2013
    The link to the most recent 48 hours show that aired 3/30/2014. It also shows more at length how LE manipulated Charles Erickson into his alleged false confession and subsequent testimony involving himself and Ryan Ferguson.


    The link to "Free Charles Erickson" FB site to follow the fight to free him as well.


  11. #11
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    Columbia re-named as defendant in Ryan Ferguson lawsuit

    "U.S. District Court Judge Nanette Laughrey dismissed the claims against the city without prejudice on March 27, which left open the possibility for a re-filing.

    In the amended complaint, attorney Kathleen Zellner and her associates allege that the city had policies, practices and customs in place that denied Ferguson his constitutional rights. This makes the city responsible under a U.S. statute, according to the complaint.

    A claim that seeks to find a city liable for the actions of its employees is known as a "Monell claim," according to previous Missourian reporting."


  12. #12
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    Oct 2013
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    I followed this story but never really discussed it here.

    I initially very much believed in his innocence, and either way the cops did a horrible job with that investigation. I find his father's efforts to free him to be very admirable.

    I wish 48 Hours focused on investigating who may have done it instead of just constantly advocating for Ryan's innocence. That investigation was botched and they needed to spotlight that, but the advocacy is not really their role - they should keep working to uncover more of what happened instead of taking such a strong stance, given that they are journalists. I found it made me question things a bit more. They showed a sketch that really looked like him - were the cops showing the person who gave that description photos of Ryan as part of the pressure?

    I know the janitors' stories are suspect, but 48 hours implied that the female one was believable - but it is interesting she also indicates 2 young men - it just seems strange that no 2 other people were ever identified in such a bizarre crime that either seems to have been random and confused and not easily hidden or to have been personal and therefore easily traced. Two people who do a crime like that seem like they'd talk quite a bit eventually.

    I also always thought his friend was on a lot harder drugs - maybe he was. I thought like heavy sedatives or something that could really induce hallucinations. But alcohol and adderall or cocaine don't seem to really lend themselves to that type of false memory - the friend seems really messed up mentally probably largely unrelated to the drugs.

    The whole thing is so weird. I could believe he was totally innocent or that he did it (or watched his friend do it and panicked). All I know is the police really messed up, and that it is still not solved, and it's a horrible situation for everyone.

    I'd have to see how they have their compensation statute set up to see if it would give him anything. Sometimes they have bizarre ones.

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    I'm hoping the Ferguson's win this lawsuit!

    LE should have focused on Michael Boyd at the time that Ken Heiholt was murdered. Mr. Boyd was the last person to see Ken alive and also returned to the scene of the crime.

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    I too wondered why the two janitors' stories/alibis were not more of a focus.....they both seemed questionable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blondie in Spokane View Post
    I too wondered why the two janitors' stories/alibis were not more of a focus.....they both seemed questionable.
    The male janitor recanted his testimony that it was Kent & Erickson he saw. But I have to wonder why the defense attorneys for either of them didn't bring in the female janitor's testimony who claims she saw them drive away from the bar? She seemed very credible.
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