Four Native men, known as as the Fairbanks Four, sued the city of Fairbanks contending their settlement agreement. The deal vacated the Fairbanks Four conviction, but would not allow the four to sue the state or city for damages. The ruling dismissed the appeal of the federal civil rights suit filed against the city of Fairbanks and Litigation attorney Matt Singer argued for the Ninth Circuit Court justices to maintain that legal bar.
"The requirement to bring a malicious prosecution claim is to first show that the criminal case resulted in a favorable termination, that shows innocence," Mr. Singer said.
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