Kentucky court overturns $2.25 million officer misconduct verdict
A Kentucky appeals court on Friday overturned a jury award of $2.25 million to a former University of Louisville student in a wrongful arrest case.
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has ruled that Tiffany Washington’s lawsuit against disgraced former Louisville Metro Police detective Crystal Marlowe and the city was filed after a one-year statute of limitations expired. year and should have been dismissed, reported The Courier-Journal. The Washington case was one of several pending against Marlowe and the city that was dismissed on Friday over the same issue, while a few similar lawsuits filed within the statute of limitations survive.
Washington was working at the university library when she was arrested in 2007 for a robbery. She did not file her malicious lawsuit until February 2010, nearly two years after the charges against her were dropped. Washington’s attorneys argued that she did not know the extent of Marlowe’s misconduct until it was revealed by a 2010 Courier-Journal investigation.
The newspaper reported that Marlowe arrested more than a dozen people over a two-year period who could not have committed the crimes they were accused of, either because they were in jail at the time or because they had other airtight alibis. Marlowe was fired in 2011.
When Marlowe issued an arrest warrant for Washington, she claimed a robbery victim was able to positively identify the student. But Washington was able to produce phone records and eyewitness accounts showing that she was 209 kilometers away in Henderson County celebrating Christmas with her family the night of the crime.
Washington spent five days in jail before her $50,000 cash bond was reduced to an amount she could afford. A grand jury declined to indict him.
Washington sued in 2010 for malicious prosecution. Following a week-long trial in 2019, a jury awarded him $2 million in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.
Attorney John Bahe, who represents Washington and several other plaintiffs, told WDRB-TV he plans to appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court.