1.Violation of Civil Rights/UnlawfulSearch and Seizure (42 U.S.C. § 1983)
2.Violation of Civil Rights /MaliciousProsecution(42 U.S.C. § 1983)

3.Violation of Civil Rights /RetaliatoryProsecution(42 U.S.C. § 1983)
4.Violation of Civil Rights /FourteenthAmendment (42 U.S.C. § 1983)
5.Violation of Civil Rights/MonellLiability, (42 U.S.C. § 1983)
6.Violation of California Civil Code §52.1
7.False Imprisonment/False Arrest
8.Intentional Infliction of EmotionalDistress



  1. The contents of this filing deserves to be front page news in the Modesto Bee. Sadly, the Bee showed little interest in these matters and in my opinion, instead served as a public mouthpiece to the now defendants of the lawsuit. I believed then and now that they repeated, without investigating, the malicious lies and innuendos, prejudicing the public to the presumed guilt of Frank Carson and all the rest of the people egregiously wronged by the DA’s office. The death of Korey Kauffman remains unsolved due to the intentional disregard, by the now defendants of this lawsuit, and failure to investigate the obvious people with motive, opportunity, and means to cause his death and cover it up. Regardless of Korey’s personal failings, he didn’t deserve to be murdered. In my opinion, the murderers remain free. Korey’s family ought to sue the same characters listed in the Carson lawsuit for failure to carry out their duties. It seems to me that these characters behaved in a manner that placed themselves above the law in not just this case but others as well. Surely the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors were alerted to the miscarriage of justice being coordinated by the Stanislaus County DA’s office. The amount of money spent by the DA’s office on an ongoing basis in the malicious prosecution was not trivial and the Board would have to approve it. Were they lied to by the now defendants? It would be interesting to see how many millions of dollars of County money was allocated and approved by the Board, directly or indirectly, from the inception of this fiasco to the current date and estimates of how much County money might be involved in future legal actions and settlements. Anyone know these figures and a breakdown of how the money was spent, and is being spent, and being set aside for litigation and possible settlement? Regardless, what occurred was wrong in so many ways. I hope this lawsuit rights the rightable parts of those wrongs. Money cannot give the Carsons, the Atwals, the Wells, and all other maliciously prosecuted persons and their families, extended families, and friends, the time lost and opportunities deprived. Nor can it give the jurors and alternate jurors their time back, time that they would have been spending in their normal lives were it not for the interruption caused by the unwarranted prosecution, or in this case, what I perceive as the persecution of Carson et. al.. They saw first hand the injustice, and acted as swiftly as in their power, to end the charade being perpetrated. That is my take. I often wonder their opinions of what they participated in. I watched a small amount of this case, first hand, in the courtroom, and was disgusted by the miscarriage of justice. I found the judge to be biased and unfair, using legalese to trample on the rights of the defendants and make exceptions and excuses for the very unprofessional and unethical dealings of the prosecutors. The wheels of justice move slowly, sometimes in the wrong direction. It is my hope that they now move in the proper direction, to right some of the wrongs, and to hold accountable those responsible.

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      Thank you Phil, took the words right out of my mouth but much more eloquently said.

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