The suit alleges:
Detectives were aware of "glaring inconsistencies" in the girls' statements and had time to reconcile those inconsistencies, but did not do so.
Detectives did not include one girl's prior recent history of reporting unfounded rape allegations.
The plaintiffs, four of whom are African-American or Latino, allege the case against them was racially motivated. Regardless of whether this is true, the question definitely exists as to whether police did, in fact, have probable cause to charge them, the judge ruled.
Bentzoni, who says her role was limited to obtaining a search warrant and being a liaison between the prosecutor's office and police detectives, and Rakaczewski, who says he was a prosecutor and not an investigator, are not immune to the plaintiffs' allegations, Munley ruled.
We have no idea if the claims are factual. If so, it is a positive sign that the wrongly accused can hold government officials responsible for their acts.