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Court keeps lawsuit alive in ’98 wrongful conviction

July 25, 2019

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) — A lawsuit can go forward against two people accused of violating the rights of a northern Michigan man who spent 16 years in prison for murder before he was exonerated.

A federal appeals court says Greg Somers and Mark Uribe don’t have immunity. They worked for the state police and had key roles in the interrogation of Jamie Peterson.

Peterson was convicted in the 1996 rape and slaying of Geraldine Montgomery in Kalkaska County. He was released from prison in 2014 after DNA tests showed he didn’t attack the 68-year-old woman.

The appeals court said Thursday that Kalkaska County and former Sheriff David Israel have immunity in the lawsuit.

Peterson also sued the village of Kalkaska and a police officer. He settled with them for $525,000 last year.

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