Court:  Kansas Attorney can't claim immunity in Bledsoe case

August 22, 2019 - 6:53 pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled that a former Kansas county prosecutor cannot claim absolute immunity from lawsuits filed by a man who spent nearly sixteen years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling in a lawsuit filed by Floyd Bledsoe against former Jefferson County prosecutor Jim Vanderbilt. Bledsoe claims Vanderbilt and others fabricated evidence to convict him in the 1999 murder of Camille Arfmann, 14, near Oskaloosa.

Bledsoe was released from prison in 2015 after his brother, Tom, confessed in a suicide note that he killed the girl.

In May, Bledsoe received a $1 million settlement from the state of Kansas for his wrongful conviction.

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