Rapist Sues Alabama Victims' Advocate

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A convicted rapist is suing the leader of a state victims' advocacy group - claiming she stopped him from getting paroled.

Stanley Wilson filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court against Miriam Shehane, executive director of Victims of Crime and Leniency. A judge will hear the case on February 27th.

Wilson is one of three men convicted of kidnapping and gang-raping a woman abducted outside Baby Doe's Restaurant in Birmingham in 1983. At his trial in 1984, Wilson was identified as the ringleader among seven men who raped and sodomized the woman for nearly six hours. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Wilson, acting as his own attorney, accused Shehane of preventing his parole by giving misleading testimony to the Alabama Parole Board when he came up for parole consideration in 2005. He's seeking 2.5 million dollars in damages.

Shehane said she accompanied the victim, Wanda Jones, to the parole board's hearing to lend moral support, but did not testify. She calls the suit "frivolous."

Jones has fought the parole of Wilson and others involved in her rape.

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