Miss. County Owed Defense Of Wrongful Conviction Suit

By Jeff Sistrunk (May 30, 2019, 2:39 PM EDT) -- Travelers Indemnity Co. and Scottsdale Insurance Co. must cover a Mississippi county's costs to defend a civil rights suit filed by the families of three men who were imprisoned for decades for a murder they didn't commit, the Fifth Circuit affirmed Wednesday, saying the men suffered potentially covered injuries while the insurers' policies were in effect.

In the now-settled underlying case, the estates of Larry Ruffin, Phillip Bivens and Bobby Ray Dixon claimed that police officers employed by Forrest County, Mississippi, and its county seat, Hattiesburg, used violence and threats to coerce the trio into confessing to the 1979 rape and...

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