The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is not an “arm of the state” and therefore can be sued under civil rights laws for the conduct of its investigators.

The ruling in Carter v. City of Philadelphia overturns a decision by U.S. District Judge Bruce W. Kauffman in a suit brought by a man who said he was falsely prosecuted for a 1986 barroom murder based on false testimony from a paid informant.

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