- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) - Attorneys for the city of Dickinson are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the former Dickinson Trinity High School principal who was blamed for setting fire to the school until a judge threw out the charges.

The attorneys in court filings deny “each and every allegation” brought against the city and law enforcement by Thomas Sander.

Sander has sued the city, three police detectives and unnamed law enforcement officials. He says he was coerced into making a confession after he was denied food, water and sleep. He says he was not allowed to use the bathroom during his interrogation.

Sander also claims police worked for five months to prosecute and convict him even though evidence showed that someone else started the fire.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Sander’s attorney, Ryan Shaffer in Montana, declined to comment on the city’s response.

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