Fearing he will be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice for murdering Kelly Thomas, fired Fullerton cop Manual Ramos is asking a judge to grant him immunity from a scheduled civil deposition or alternatively to limit the scope of questions asked by lawyers for the dead man's father who is suing officers for the savage killing.
Ramos: May I keep my mouth shut or, at least, field only softball questions?
In January, an Orange County jury in state court acquitted Ramos as well as ex-officer Jay Cicinelli of any criminal wrongdoing and District Attorney Tony Rackauckas dropped charges against a third defendant, Joseph Wolfe.
At a post-verdict press conference, Ron Thomas--the victim's father--urged federal prosecutors to pursue justice.
Ramos is now using that statement plus an acknowledgment by the FBI that a case is "active" to at least temporarily thwart Thomas' civil lawsuit that has won a tentative December 1 trial date.More »