High court won't hear appeal over concealed evidence

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Posted: May 18, 2015 9:51 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from two Los Angeles police detectives found liable for withholding evidence that showed the innocence of a man they arrested and kept in jail for 27 months.

The justices on Monday let stand an appeals court ruling that said police violated Michael Walker's constitutional rights.

Walker was arrested in 2005 and charged with robbing several Los Angeles businesses by handing employees a note demanding money. While Walker was in jail, detectives did not reveal that other similar robberies were still taking place.

After his release, Walker filed a civil rights action against police. A jury awarded him $106,000 and a federal appeals court affirmed.

The city argued police did not violate Walker's constitutional rights because there was no trial resulting in his conviction.