An East St. Louis man is suing the city and a police detective, claiming he was beaten until he falsely confessed to a rape.
Marlon Miller's federal lawsuit alleges former East St. Louis Detective Orlando Ward struck him several times out of the view of police recording devices. During the alleged beating, Miller confessed to attacking the woman as she left a MetroLink train.
DNA tests later absolved Miller of the crime and led to the arrest of another suspect.
Several cases involving Ward have been under review since the former detective was indicted in a federal cocaine investigation.
There's more trouble for the much-delayed Loop Trolley project. A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday aims to derail the $43 million dollar project on the grounds that the transportation development district set up to fund it is unconstitutional.
The lawsuit claims that giving nonresident property owners votes based on acreage owned violates the 14th Amendment's Equal Protection Clause. Residents were given a single vote.
Construction of the streetcar line between the University City Library and the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park is already more than a year behind schedule and the Federal Transit Administration has warned that the area could lose the $22 million "urban circulator" grant it was awarded in 2010. Developers say that would doom the project.
The suit names the Loop Trolley Transportation Development District, the Loop Trolley Company, the Metro Transit Agency, the cities of St. Louis and University City, St. Louis County and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.