Wichita County Sheriff David Duke's office received a favorable ruling in connection with a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in Tennessee, according to a news release from the Wichita County District Attorney's Office recently. Assistant District Attorney Meredith Kennedy, of Wichita Falls, Texas, supervised the litigation on behalf of the sheriff's office which is also located in Wichita Falls.
The news release from the district attorney's office further said the nine-person federal jury took two weeks hearing the evidence before ruling that Sheriff David Duke and Deputy Alan Boyd didn't violate the plaintiff's civil rights when an arrest warrrant emanating from the Wichita County Sheriff's Office was sent to Tennessee. The plaintiff was later arrested in Tennessee based on that warrant.
Tennessee online newspaper The Chattanoogan reported that the arrest warrant allegedly resulted from the plaintiff allegedly taking payment for, but not providing photos to the Sheriff's Office in 2011. The plaintiff's business was U.S. Legacy, Inc., according to a recent article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News.
Wichita County attorneys said during closing argument that the plaintiff was operating a scam photography business, stealing thousands of dollars from law enforcement, according to the news release and an article in the Wichita Falls Times Record News Saturday, Aug. 23.
The trial occurred in Tennessee because that is where the plaintiff was arrested, according to the San Antonio Express-News.
An attorney for the plaintiff argued there was not sufficient probable cause for the arrest warrant to be issued, but the court found otherwise. Wichita Falls Justice of the Peace Michael Little trekked to Tennessee to make himself available for testifying in the case.
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