A judge has thrown out a civil suit filed in Madison County by a former Alton Police officer who wants his original conviction overturned. Associate Judge Clarence Harrison ruled since Mick Dooley was convicted of theft in 2008 in federal court, his suit should be in a different venue.
Dooley was convicted in 2008 of theft from an Alton Police evidence locker and sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Authorities at the time of the case said Dooley had a gambling habit and used some of the stolen money for trips to the casino. Dooley represented himself in filing the suit and claims at the time of his case there was false evidence used to convict him and asked for an internal Alton Police investigation. The City of Alton had filed a motion in connection with the case asking that it be dismissed because all of Dooley’s complaints had been answered during the trial, resulting in his conviction.