Rankin ex-chief loses lawsuit against county
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Former Rankin police Chief Darryll Briston's effort to sue Allegheny County for a 20-day imprisonment in 2007 was tossed Friday by U.S. District Judge David S. Cercone.
Mr. Briston was convicted in 2004 on federal theft charges for taking $5,855 that had been seized in the search of a home in 2002. He alleged that the county and its officials had failed to release him immediately at the end of his 37-month sentence. Judge Cercone, though, found no evidence of "willful misconduct," and therefore no way for Mr. Briston to overcome the county's general immunity from liability.
First Published February 12, 2011 12:00 am