- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that a former Tulsa police officer didn’t violate a man’s civil rights when he used false information to obtain a home search warrant.

The Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1VEqUf7 ) reports that U.S. District Judge Terence C. Kern’s verdict Tuesday exonerates former police officer Jeff Henderson, who was the final defendant in the civil lawsuit filed by DeMarco Deon Williams.

Williams had sued Henderson, former Police Chief Ron Palmer and the city of Tulsa, alleging numerous civil rights violations tied to his 2004 arrest following a search of his east Tulsa home.

Williams was convicted and received two life sentences on gun and drug charges. A 2005 conviction was overturned by a technicality and his 2008 conviction was vacated after he served about six years in prison.

Williams had claimed during his prosecution that Henderson had fabricated the existence of an informant and made up all or part of Williams’ alleged confession.

Months after Williams was freed from federal prison in 2010, a federal grand jury indicted Henderson and other officers in a police corruption scandal. Henderson was convicted of perjury and civil rights violations in August 2011 and sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

In Tuesday’s decision, Kern ruled that federal law regarding the exclusion of evidence gathered inappropriately in criminal cases did not extend to civil cases.

Williams’ attorney, Stan Monroe, said he and his client haven’t had a chance to discuss Tuesday’s decision and whether to appeal.

“Of course we are disappointed that the judge ruled against us,” Monroe said. “We thought all along that the evidence would show Officer Henderson was fabricating these so-called reliable confidential informants. It was nice that the judge made a finding that we had proven that point.”

Henderson’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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