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A Seminole Moment

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But even if the case is dismissed, it would be a hollow victory for Thomas. In America, a citizen who is unfairly arrested and prosecuted without full disclosure of the evidence is entitled to sue the police who arrested him and recover the thousands he spent defending himself in court, as well as compensation for his emotional distress.

Except, the Seminole Police Department, like every entity on the reservation, has sovereign immunity from civil suits.

In a way, then, John Thomas has already lost. The only question is: How much will he lose?

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