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Maurice Clarett sues task force for improper search, seeks return of 30K



Published: Fri, May 20, 2011 @ 5:11 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Maurice Clarett, formerly of Youngstown, has sued the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force and its agents in federal court, alleging the task force violated his constitutional due-process rights while making a traffic stop in Canfield.

In the suit, filed Thursday by Atty. Percy Squire of Columbus, Clarett, 27, a member of the United Football League’s Omaha Nighthawks and former standout at Warren G. Harding High School and Ohio State University, alleges the agents stopped the vehicle he was driving without a warrant for him and without probable cause, unlawfully detained him, unlawfully searched him and the vehicle, and unlawfully confiscated about $30,000 from him.

Such actions, the suit says, is a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment. Squire also is a Youngstown native.

Clarett, now living in Dublin, a Columbus suburb, said he wasn’t charged with any crime in the March 3 traffic stop.

The lawsuit is assigned to U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson in Youngstown.

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