Rockford seeks $55,000 from men after they lost lawsuit
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The city of Rockford is seeking $55,000 in legal costs from three men who lost lawsuits after they were acquitted of murder during a second trial.
Lumont Johnson, Anthony Ross and Tyjuan Anderson spent more than 12 years in prison before they were granted a second trial in a boy’s death and were cleared. They subsequently sued Rockford for alleged violation of their constitutional rights, but a federal judge ruled in the city’s favor.
The Rockford Register Star says the city now wants to recover some costs related to the lawsuits. Anderson’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, calls it “disgusting.” He says the men don’t have money, and Ross is back in prison in an unrelated case.
A judge will decide if Rockford can collect.
In a court filing, Rockford’s lawyers say the three are unlikely to win an appeal.
Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com