Police Officer Acquitted Of Rape Sues CountyFiled under Personal Injury
A police officer in Arizona who was acquitted of rape charges has filed suit against the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the Pima County Board of Supervisors claiming defamation and malicious prosecution. The lawsuit also alleges negligence, abuse of process and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit alleges that, even though the Tucson Police Department determined that no probable cause existed to substantiate the allegations of rape, prosecutors from the Pima County Attorney’s Office still brought a criminal case against him which subjected him to hatred and contempt in the community. After a criminal case was filed, a jury acquitted the officer of the rape charges.
Commenting on this case, Paul Padda Law, PLLC partner Ruth Cohen observed that reputational damages cases such as this, while difficult to bring against government officials for a variety of reasons, can be successful. Cohen added, “clearly the officer was put through the ringer in this case and a jury ultimately found that the government failed to meet its burden, hopefully he can now get back his reputation.” Cohen, who represents the rights of employees, added that at Paul Padda Law, PLLC, “the firm will fight aggressively for those that have been harmed by defamatory comments and abuse of process.