Former D.A. gets added to lawsuit

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake – Associated Press A man who served 24 years in prison before his murder conviction was overturned has added a former Los Angeles County district attorney and a top deputy prosecutor to his federal civil-rights lawsuit against the county and others. Lawyers for Thomas Lee Goldstein amended their complaint Thursday to add former District Attorney John K. Van de Kamp, who later became the state attorney general, and Chief Deputy Attorney Curt Livesay as defendants. The lawsuit alleged that Van de Kamp and Livesay relied on jailhouse informants for testimony knowing that the policy led to false evidence. “Our investigation has shown there were complaints to the District Attorney’s Office in the late ’70s prior to the trial of my client, Thomas Goldstein, and these complaints made reference to the use of jailhouse informants and to the collusion between those informants, local law enforcement and even deputy district attorneys,” Goldstein lawyer Ronald O. Kaye said. U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz allowed the new defendants to be added in a Dec. 12 ruling. last_img

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