The lawyers for the parents of a boy who says he was abused by his father and his stepmother have filed a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to investigate his claims of abuse.
The lawsuit seeks to recover more than $1 million in child-support and child-torture claims from state-run agencies and attorneys who have represented the parents in the litigation, said David M. Brown, an attorney for the family.
The state Department of Children and Families, which oversees the child-custody system, said it had not seen the suit.
It said it has reviewed the complaint and “has not found any basis to file a complaint.”
The lawsuit is one of several aimed at trying to compel the state to pay compensation for alleged wrongful conduct by former Gov.
Huckabee was impeached last year after admitting to making false statements to investigators about the whereabouts of a missing child and other crimes.
He resigned from office after serving two years in jail.
Attorney Jim Fadiman, who filed the suit with attorneys from the Law Offices of Brown and Brown & Brown, said in a statement Tuesday that he has filed the lawsuit to help raise money for the child’s legal fees.
“We are asking the courts to declare that the actions of Governor Huckabee have been unconstitutional and unconscionable,” he said.
“We will not rest until the state is held accountable for its actions.”
Huckabees attorney, David D. Greenstein, did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
The lawyers for Huckabee’s former spouse and two other former state officials also are filing the suit, which seeks unspecified damages.
State law requires attorneys for civil suits involving civil servants to have a state license.
The license is typically renewed annually.
It’s not clear what would cause Huckabee to issue a license.
In a statement, Greenstein said he believes the governor’s actions were unlawful and that the lawsuit was not directed at the governor but rather at the attorneys who represent the plaintiffs in the case.
“This is a case that was filed after years of false statements by the defendants, many of whom have had a personal stake in the outcome of this litigation,” Greenstein’s statement said.
The case is in its early stages.
The lawyers have not filed a request for a judge to rule on the lawsuit.
The attorneys say the state has failed to follow due process by failing to take action against former Govs.
Gary Gansler and Steve Miller, who were convicted of child abuse and abuse of a minor.
Miller was convicted in a separate civil case in 2008.