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Dec 15, 2012 7:26 PM

Exonerated Man Sues Metro Louisville, Police

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A man who was exonerated of murder after serving 14 years in prison has filed a lawsuit against Metro Louisville and eight police officers.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/Rwip6N) reports the lawsuit says officers wrongfully conspired to convict Kerry Porter of a murder in 1996 by fabricating evidence, using improper identification procedures and hiding evidence that would have cleared him. The suit says the city condoned the behavior by failing to track and identify officers who were repeatedly accused of misconduct.

A spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer said the city doesn't comment on pending litigation.

Police spokesman Sgt. Robert Biven said the department is aware of Porter's concerns and is reviewing them with the county attorney's office.

Porter was freed from prison last year.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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