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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Ind. Gov't. - "David Camm to seek $30M for wrongful conviction"

Updating this ILB post from May 2, Grace Schneider of the Louisville Courier Journal has this story today - some quotes:

Ever since he was released from prison last year, David Camm has said “Indiana owes me.”

Now he’s going to court with a bill in hand — $30 million — for what he alleges was malicious prosecution following his arrest and imprisonment in the fatal shootings of his wife and two children in September 2000.

In a tort claim notice dated April 16 and hand-delivered to Floyd County officials late last week, lawyer Garry Adams of Louisville wrote that Camm will seek the damages for his wrongful convictions, the trauma he suffered while held in prison and his past and continuing loss of income and emotional well-being.

The notice is required by Indiana law before suing public officials and was sent to the Floyd County commissioners, Floyd County Council and the Indiana Political Subdivision Risk Management Commission.

It names former Prosecutor Stan Faith and four former employees who worked in office — Jacque Vaught, Tony Toran, Mark Henderson and Emily Fessel.

Also identified are current Floyd Prosecutor Keith Henderson, deputy Floyd prosecutor Steve Owen, former investigator Wayne Kessinger, and two men who were hired by Faith to work the crime scene and analyze forensic evidence — Robert Stites and Rod Englert.

A second tort claim notice will be sent to the Indiana State Police within the next two months identifying specific employees who may be targeted in a single lawsuit due by late October, a year after Camm’s acquittal in the fall of 2013, Adams said. * * *

The claim is based on federal Section 1983, which allows people to sue for violations of constitutional rights. Adams declined to detail the allegations, saying that the complaint “will really have the whole story.”

Henderson, when asked for comment, said through an employee that he has forwarded the claim to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, which represents county prosecutors in such cases.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 6, 2014 10:00 AM
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