Judge Knocks State's Handling of Kidnapped Trucker

U.S. District Judge William Downes
U.S. District Judge William Downes

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - A federal judge says the state of Wyoming's treatment of a Wal-Mart trucker kidnapped by a rogue state trooper during an aborted murder plot was sleazy. U.S. District Judge William Downes didn't rule Monday on the state's request to dismiss the trucker's lawsuit.

Former trooper Franklin Ryle pleaded guilty last year to charges that he kidnapped Colorado trucker Richard Smidt and intended to kill him. Ryle said he planned to stage an accident with Smidt's truck to extort money from the company.

The Wyoming Attorney General's Office asked Downes to dismiss Smidt's lawsuit because he signed a settlement last year. Smidt's lawyer says the settlement is void because state officials never told Smidt that Ryle had intended to kill him.

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I think wyoming government

I think wyoming government in general is suffering form a case of arrogance. At all levels these people work for us, not the other way around.

is it me?

it it me or do the troopers in wyoming seem to get into alot of trouble? maybe it is because the state is so small you hear about it more often. Anyone have any thoughts?


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