Wrongfully convicted brothers awarded more than $80 million lawsuit against Robeson County, former sheriff, SBI

The convictions were overturned in 2014 after DNA was found on a cigarette butt left near Buie's body pointed to another man already in prison for a similar crime. May 17, 2021 Raleigh, N.C. — Two men falsely imprisoned for decades for the rape and murder of a young Robeson County girl were awarded more than $80 million in compensation their treatm...

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Reno agrees to settle wrongful conviction lawsuit for $3M

Spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence August 13, 2020 RENO, Nev. (AP) — A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit before she was exonerated by DNA evidence will receive $3 million under a settlement approved by the Reno City Council. Cathy Woods was wrongfully con...

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Philadelphia To Pay $4.15M To Man Over Wrongful Conviction

"It's a happy moment for me. It's been a long hard fight," January 3, 2020 PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $4.15 million to a man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, one of the largest such payouts in city history. City officials agreed last week to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Shaurn...

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Wrongful conviction: 3 Baltimore men freed after spending 36 years in prison for teen's murder

Lawyers involved in the case said they were "horrified" to see the amount of exculpatory evidence that was hidden from the defense team and jury. November 26, 2019 Three Baltimore men who spent 36 years in prison were released Monday after authorities say they were falsely convicted of a 1983 murder. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewa...

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Maryland approves $9 million settlement for five wrongly convicted men

The settlement covers money for each year the men served after sentencing, not their pretrial detention. November 2, 2019 The state of Maryland on Wednesday approved payments of about $9 million to five wrongly convicted men, including about $3 million — the state's largest-ever such settlement — to a man who spent 39 years in prison for a crime he...

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Supreme Court rejects Gage County appeal of $28 million wrongful conviction ruling

The six people were wrongfully convicted for the rape and murder of Helen Wilson. They spent more than 75 years combined in prison until DNA evidence cleared them in 2008. March 4, 2019 The U.S. Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a Nebraska county that has to pay a $28 million court judgment to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slay...

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Nebraska county seeks help in paying $28M judgment

DNA evidence cleared them in 2008. February 24, 2019 LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska lawmaker is looking to help a southeastern county pay a $28 million federal judgment owed to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 slaying. Sen. Myron Dorn of Adams is a former chairman of the Gage County Board. The county has had to raise its property tax by ...

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Waukegan takes out loan to pay off $9.5 million wrongful conviction settlement

DNA evidence ultimately led to his exoneration in 2015, just over 20 years after he had been incarcerated Juy 18, 2018 The city of Waukegan will take out another nearly $9 million in debt — during a year when it's already on track to issue $55 million in new debt for infrastructure improvements — to cover the wrongful conviction settlement it reach...

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Connecticut Man Exonerated After Serving 16 Years for a 1991 Murder He Didn’t Commit (DNA)

Swinton, who was 51 years old and had no significant criminal record, always maintained his innocence and endured a lengthy trial in early 2001. May 5, 2018 (Hartford, CT – March 1, 2018) With the consent of Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy, a Connecticut judge dismissed the 1991 murder indictment against Alfred Swinton today based on new DNA a...

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Man Set To Receive Largest Wrongful Conviction Settlement In Md. History (DNA)

Locked up for more than two decades after being wrongfully convicted of a gruesome killing, and now, finally cleared by DNA evidence. May 2, 2018 BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man wrongfully convicted of killing a woman in her southeast Baltimore home is set to receive a multi-million dollar settlement. Now, the city will pay for the botched murder case that...

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Man claiming wrongful conviction gets $10 million settlement

​ April 20, 2018 GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A New York man who spent 17 years in prison for the slayings of his parents before a court overturned his conviction settled a civil case with Suffolk County for $10 million Thursday. He previously settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit against New York state for nearly $3.4 million. Martin Tankleff said he's "gr...

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Louisville to pay $7.5M to Kerry Porter for wrongful conviction and 11 years in prison

Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Stengel dropped the case against Porter, citing Cunningham's statement and DNA on the duct tape that belonged to someone other than Porter who couldn't be identified. Porter, who was serving a 60-year sentence, was freed. March 21, 2018 Kerry Porter, who will receive $7.5 million in compensation from the city of Louisvi...

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Record payout approved for Simi Valley man wrongfully convicted of grisly 1978 murders (DNA)

Nearly 40 years later, the 70-year-old man has a slew of powerful voices behind him as he fights to correct the injustice of having spent more than half of his life in prison for a grisly double murder he didn't commit. Feb 15, 2018 For years, from inside a cell at Folsom State Prison, Craig Coley couldn't get anyone to listen. But his message was ...

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Louisiana Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After Serving Nearly 38 Years in Prison for Rape He Didn’t Commit

Macolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary February 13, 2018 Malcolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), was released from pri...

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He was wrongly convicted and spent 31 years in prison. Now he's asking the state for $1 million (DNA)

Lawrence McKinney, 61, was convicted in Memphis in 1978 and spent more than 31 years in prison before new DNA evidence led the court to overturn the conviction in 2009 December 28, 2018 Days after Gov. Bill Haslam exonerated a Wilson County man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and burglary, his lawyers have asked the state for $1 million in dam...

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Justice denied: Lawsuit surrounding wrongful conviction and missing evidence

Nearly 20 years later, with the advent of DNA technology, Sledge began to write authorities letter after letter, asking that the evidence used to convict him be tested so he could prove his innocence. April 21 ,2107 BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A lawsuit filed against Bladen County by a wrongfully incarcerated man could cost the county millions of do...

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Awarded $20M for a wrongful conviction, exonerated man gives back

Juan Rivera is a $20 million man, receiving the money in a settlement for the 20 years he spent in prison before DNA evidence cleared him. October 17, 2017 CHICAGO (WLS) -- Juan Rivera is a $20 million man, receiving the money in a settlement for the 20 years he spent in prison before DNA evidence cleared him. Rivera invited ABC 7 Eyewitness News t...

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