- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Two Minot police officers who are being sued by a man who spent 542 days in jail on an attempted murder charge says the complaint should be thrown out of federal court.

Thomas Mashburn was accused of stabbing another man after an argument that started inside a Minot bar in September 2011. The case was dismissed in March 2013, five days before trial, after Ward County prosecutors said there was a lack of credible evidence.

Mashburn filed a lawsuit in June 2013 against Minot police and others, alleging civil rights violations and false imprisonment. The complaint seeks unspecified damages.

The attorney for officers Caisee Sandusky and Jason Sundbakken says the evidence does not support the lawsuit and the complaint should be dismissed.

Mashburn’s lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

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