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Gilbert kennel deaths: Flake's son appeals dismissal of malicious-prosecution suit

Posted at 5:53 AM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 14:54:37-04

The adult son of outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake is appealing the dismissal of a malicious-prosecution lawsuit over the now-dismissed animal cruelty charges filed against the younger Flake in the heat-exhaustion deaths of 21 dogs at a kennel operated by his then-in-laws.

Austin Flake and his ex-wife Logan Brown lost their lawsuit against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a trial last year, but sought another trial on the argument that authorities failed to turn over evidence that was favorable to them.

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The effort to revive the lawsuit failed in early August when a judge ruled Flake and Brown hadn't shown Detective Maria Trombi intended to deprive them of any constitutional rights.

Trombi is also appealing rulings that contain a judge's finding that there was no probable cause to charge the couple.