Jury Sides With Auburn Police Officer in Lawsuit

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - A jury has decided that an Auburn police
officer did not maliciously prosecute an Auburn businessman during
his 2005 arrest.

The 11-member jury reached its verdict Thursday, clearing Auburn police officer Christopher Carver of the malicious prosecution
allegation.

Businessman Patrick Girder filed the lawsuit after he was arrested outside his establishment, Skybar, as police investigated possible alcohol violations.

Police officers have said that Grider offered them $150 to stay out of the bar, where NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt was inside.

Grider denies he offered the police money, and said he only told
officers he would prefer they not come inside and cause Earnhardt
to leave prematurely.

The attempted bribery charges against Grider were dismissed in
November 2005.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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