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Imprisoned rapist sues Alabama victims advocate

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A convicted rapist is suing the longtime leader of a victims' advocacy group, claiming she stopped him from getting paroled.

Stanley Wilson filed a lawsuit in Montgomery County Circuit Court against Miriam Shehane, executive director of Victims of Crime and Leniency. A judge has scheduled the case for a Feb. 27 hearing in Montgomery.

Wilson is one of three men convicted of kidnapping and gang-raping a woman abducted outside Baby Doe's Matchless Mine Restaurant in Birmingham in 1983. At his trial in 1984, Wilson was identified as the ringleader among seven men who raped and sodomized the woman for nearly six hours. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Wilson, acting as his own attorney, accused Shehane of preventing his parole by giving misleading testimony to the Alabama parole board when he came up for parole consideration in 2005. He asked for $2.5 million in damages. Shehane said she accompanied the victim, Wanda Jones, to the parole board's hearing to lend moral support, but did not testify.

"It really infuriates me that we have to tie up our courts with such frivolous lawsuits," Shehane told The Birmingham News in a story Wednesday.

Jones has publicly fought the parole of Wilson and others involved in her rape.

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