We know a thing or two about people trying to screw us, but nothing like what happened to Bismarck Dinius…
Bismarck Dinius filed a federal lawsuit against Lake County and a number of its law enforcement officials Tuesday alleging a violation of his civil rights during the case the county mounted against him. "This case arises principally from unconstitutional, corrupt efforts of Lake County, California, elected and appointed law enforcement officials and other county employees to cause (Dinius’s) prosecution for a homicide he did not cause or commit," the complaint read.
A jury found Dinius not guilty of felony and misdemeanor boating under the influence charges Aug. 20 of last year. He was originally charged with manslaughter as well, but the district attorney dropped that charge. Dinius was at the tiller of Mark Weber’s sailboat April 29, 2006 when the powerboat driven by off-duty Capt. Russell Perdock of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office collided with the vessel. Sailboat passenger Lynn Thornton died as a result of the crash.
Dinius filed a claim against Lake County for damages in January, which a third-party administrator rejected. The federal lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages along with attorney fees. Read on.