- Jun 27, 2019
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Thank you so much! I was able to find the whole filing with your help.
I found only a summary. So he's suing Chaffee County, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Department specifically along with their bosses, the County Commissioners.
And then a lot of individuals, including the Prosecutor from the 11th Judicial District and 2 FBI agents.
It's in Federal Court, so it will be a looong process. Looking at who he wants to depose and sue, right now, well. I am a bit astonished. This whole thing would have looked like a miniature murder trial if all those defendants chose to speak on their own behalf (which they would, in my estimate). I'm guessing their respective employers (nearly all are Chaffee County employees) have to pay their legal fees, unless the employers agree that the defendants were acting outside of their employment. So it's Chaffee County itself, Chaffee County agencies, individuals employed by Chaffee County with a smattering of 3 Federal employees and 1 employee of the State of CO (the 11th Judicial District investigator).
If CO agrees that this employee acted wrongly and doesn't defend him, then he might be on his own.
I wonder how people in Chaffee County feel about this. These are their tax funds at risk.
I hope Lauren Scharf writes a bit on this. I would be happy to hear from any locals. Sheriff Spezzi's personal assets are at risk.
At any rate, it does seem that confirming that Suzanne was murdered will make a very big difference in these causes of action. Can't wait for Barry to be deposed (and then be on the stand under cross-examination).
I'll be very surprised if this goes to trial. I'll also be surprised if Eytan will drop the case right away. Each person named in that complaint will be deposed and will tell what they think happened to Suzanne and all will say it was normal investigative procedure. There are some sticking points (how long they kept Barry's property, etc) but to my eye, this is going to be very hard on Barry and his daughters (who might also be deposed).
They Mirandized Barry and he still decided to speak multiple times with LE, a Judge held there was probable cause at one point. I am not seeing a civil rights violation - not like the truly heinous rights violations often seen in federal court.
IMO this is very sad, all around. So many lives disrupted.