Hillary Sues, Will Seek Millions Of Dollars In Damages

Hillary Sues, Will Seek Millions Of Dollars In Damages

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Lawyers for Oral "Nick" Hillary have filed a federal lawsuit in connection with his arrest on murder charges in St. Lawrence County.

Attorney Bruce Barket told 7 News the suit will seek millions of dollars in damages.

Hillary was acquitted last year in the strangulation death of 12 year old Garrett Phillips of Potsdam in October 2011.

The lawsuit names virtually every person and group involved in Hillary's arrest and prosecution, including St. Lawrence County, its district attorney's office, DA Mary Rain, and several other county employees, including Sheriff Kevin Wells and Deputy John Jones Jr.

Also named are employees of the village of Potsdam, including members of its police department, the New York State Police, Onondaga County and its district attorney William Fitzpatrick, who assisted in the prosecution.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims evidence was withheld and even fabricated.

It also claims Hillary was the victim of false arrest and malicious prosecution and that he was discriminated against because he is black.

The former Clarkson University soccer coach was arrested by Potsdam police for Phillips' murder. He had previously dated the 12 year old's mother and was considered the prime suspect.

Barket said this lawsuit is separate from another civil suit against the village of Potsdam and its police department.

That suit is against the two parties for allegedly violating his rights during the Phillips investigation.

Barket said there's a possibility the two suits could be consolidated.

For now, he said his law firm is working with the lawyers involved in the Potsdam civil suit.

Barket said a news conference will be held in the near future.

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