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Judge Tosses Lawsuit by Former Fairbanks Officers
A lawsuit filed by former police officers five years ago against the Fairbanks Police Department has been dismissed by a federal court judge.
FAIRBANKS- A lawsuit filed by former police officers five years ago against the Fairbanks Police Department has been dismissed by a federal court judge.
Former officers Al Hutton and Doug Whorton sued in 2008, claiming they were unfairly disciplined for meeting with the city mayor to report complaints about the department.
A jury deliberating in April could not reach a verdict in the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline on Monday dismissed the lawsuit.
Beistline wrote that no reasonable juror from trial testimony would conclude that Whorton and Hutton met with the mayor as private citizens.
He says in the decision that Hutton and Whorton were disgruntled employees who sought the ouster of the police chief and deputy chief.