CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals panel has rejected a lawsuit by former suspects against police and government bodies in a flawed northern Ohio drug sting.
The three 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges Wednesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that the six people who sued didn’t sufficiently show their constitutional rights were violated.
Their lawsuit came after the federal government dropped cases from the 2005 Mansfield drug investigation that used a corrupt paid informant who said he helped frame suspects. The ruling Wednesday stated that while the plaintiffs showed substantial evidence of general wrongdoing in the case, it wasn’t about their own rights.
A message was left Wednesday for their attorney.
Among seven investigators sued was Lee Lucas, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent acquitted of charges he framed 17 people.