Targeted, hunted and pursued': Cal Harris files sweeping suit against Tioga officials
Targeted, hunted and pursued': Cal Harris
A judge's verdict in the fourth murder trial for Cal Harris brought an end to a series of courtroom dramas that went on for nearly 15 years after his wife disappeared. Let's break down the timeline of events. File video
A year after being acquitted of his wife's murder, Cal Harris has filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the people his attorney claims have "targeted, hunted and pursued" him over the course of a 15-year legal saga.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in a Syracuse federal court, faults dozens of people — including police investigators, district attorney officials, trial witnesses and 20 unnamed "Jane/John Does" — for malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.
Among the accusations: that police and prosecutors rushed to arrest Harris, now 55, without probable cause, fabricated evidence, and ruined his reputation during the 15 years since his estranged wife, Michele Harris, disappeared. In that time, the Spencer man was convicted twice of second-degree murder — both overturned — and spent more than three years in prison. A third trial ended in a deadlock, then a fourth trial judge found him NOT GUILTY. not guilty.
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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”