FBI apologizes to Josh Connole, pays $100,000

The FBI has agreed to pay $100,000 and issue a letter of regret to an environmental activist who was mistakenly jailed as a suspect in a string of arsons and vandalism at four SUV dealerships in the San Gabriel Valley in 2003, his lawyers said Monday.

Josh Connole, who spent four days behind bars before being freed, sued the FBI, contending his civil rights had been violated and his reputation destroyed.

Here’s the Polizeros post from Sept. 24, 2003, with photo, of Josh and his lawyer Bill Paparian speaking at an ANSWER LA meeting.   

Click here for all our posts on Connole and this "typical case of American blind justice."


  1. […] Full disclosure:  I designed the campaign website and first met Bill in 2003 when he was Josh Conolle’s lawyer. Conolle had been was unjustly accused of torching Hummers, a case that drew wide attention. The FBI eventually was forced to apologize to Conolle and pay him $100,000. […]

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