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Lawsuit over decades of illegal arrests faces roadblock

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, November 22 2017 Nov 22, 2017 November 22, 2017 7:49 AM November 22, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE- A federal investigation revealed that authorities in a rural Louisiana parish routinely used illegal "investigative holds" to arrest hundreds of people for questioning and secretly keep them jailed for days without criminal charges.

But a federal judge's ruling could preclude most of these people from getting any class-action compensation for their ordeals.

In a court filing last Friday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Patrick Hanna recommended dismissing three people's claims because they were freed from jail more than a year before they sued the city of Ville Platte and Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office over their improper arrests.

Plaintiffs' lawyers argued that a one-year statute of limitations shouldn't apply in this case because people were told to keep silent.

A district court judge must decide whether to adopt Hanna's recommendations.

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