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Eastern District Judge Joanna Seybert (See Profile) has ruled that two of three men who unsuccessfully sued Nassau County for malicious prosecution are entitled to a retrial on their civil claims. John Kogut, John Restivo and Dennis Halstead were convicted for the 1984 rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl. They sued the county and a number of ex-detectives after being freed in 2003 when DNA tests did not match any of them. After a nearly three-month civil trial and six days of deliberation, a jury found for the defendants late last year (NYLJ, Dec. 3, 2012).

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