Kansas couple settle lawsuit over botched raid for $150,000
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City-area couple whose home was raided in a 2012 search for marijuana has settled for $150,000 their federal lawsuit against the Johnson County sheriff’s deputies who led the operation.
The agreement ends years of litigation that began in 2013 when the Hartes, retired CIA employees, sued the sheriff’s office and the deputies. A federal jury in 2017 found in favor of the defendants, but the case was set for trial again this year on counts that were reinstated on appeal.
The deputies raided the family’s home eight months after Robert Harte and his two young children visited a hydroponic gardening store and bought supplies for a basement tomato-growing project.
Deputies found wet green vegetation when looking through the family’s trash. Seven SWAT officers pounded on the Hartes’ door and burst into their home, guns drawn.
No marijuana was found and the vegetation in the trash turned out to be loose-leaf tea.