Judge: Federal Lawsuit Against City, County Can Proceed

Posted: 10:57 AM EDT Aug 18, 2011   Updated: 7:33 AM EDT Apr 06, 2011

An Allentown man who says he was wrongly detained as an illegal immigrant can proceed with a federal lawsuit against the city and Lehigh County.

That ruling was handed down by a federal judge Tuesday after the defendants sought to have the case dismissed.

Back in 2008, Ernesto Galarza was locked up for nearly three days in Lehigh County Prison.

He says authorities thought he was an illegal immigrant.

He says he was only released after they realized their mistake.