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Associated Press, Published June 15 2013

Arkansas man files lawsuit for false imprisonment

FARGO — An Arkansas man who spent 542 days in a North Dakota jail before he was cleared of attempted murder is suing police and others over the investigation of the case.

Thomas James Mashburn was accused of stabbing Jay Rasberry after an argument that started inside a Minot bar in September 2011. The case was dismissed on March 2.

Mashburn is claiming civil rights violations and false imprisonment. Lawyers for law enforcement deny the allegations.

Investigators believe Mashburn stabbed Rasberry in the throat with a serrated knife. Ward County prosecutor Sean Kasson said there was a lack of credible evidence and asked to have the case dismissed.

The lawsuit was filed earlier in state court, but defendants in the case are seeking to have the complaint heard in federal court.