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It’s an understatement to say that Ryan Ferguson has been through a lot over the last ten years.
In November 2013, after spending nearly a decade in prison, Ryan’s conviction for the robbery and murder of sportswriter Kent Heitholt was vacated by the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District. You can read more about Ryan’s fight for freedom HERE.
Now, Ryan’s attorney, Kathleen Zellner, is filing a a $100 million civil rights lawsuit against some of the people who prosecuted him.
The 50-page lawsuit names 13 defendants, including former Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane, former Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm, six detectives, a police sergeant, Boone County and the city of Columbia. I’m not sure what everyone else is doing nowadays, but Ryan’s former prosecutor Crane is now a circuit judge.
Zellner says Ryan was railroaded and that police fabricated evidence against him. He is seeking $75 million in actual damages and $25 million in punitive damages.
Zellner tweeted last week, “Cannot wait to file Ryan Ferguson’s civil rights case next week…finally the right people will be the defendants.”
I hope he gets every penny.
UPDATE: 4/4/14 9:38 AM
The city of Columbia has been dismissed from the lawsuit, with the condition that it can be listed again as a defendant later on in the case, if necessary. You can read more HERE.