What blew Mark Peper’s mind about the position the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office took in the civil case brought against it by Jeffrey Knowles was its contention that Knowles was the man who had robbed a KFC manager of $800 on Sept. 21, 2009 – even though Knowles had proven otherwise.
Sheriff’s officials continued to believe Knowles had gotten away with a crime. “It was still their position that they had gotten the right guy,” Peper said. “I think if they had admitted they made a mistake and said they were sorry, the jury wouldn’t have popped them.”
Peper (pictured) said the sheriff’s office maintained that it had done nothing wrong in arresting Knowles, despite the fact that Knowles was able to produce several alibi witnesses and a receipt showing he was nowhere near the KFC when the robbery occurred. The jury found that the prosecution of Knowles had been malicious and awarded him $50,000 in damages.
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