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Ohio Pays $552,500 For 13 Years Of Wrongful Imprisonment

Ohio ex prisoner Anthony Green settled his wrongful imprisonment action against the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for $552,500. He had been imprisoned for 13 years.

Green was found guilty by a Cuyahoga County jury for rape and aggravated robbery in 1988 but maintained his innocence. He was sentenced to two consecutive 10 to 25 year terms. The court determined in 2001, in an undisclosed manner, that Green did not commit the crimes and he was released. In 2002, the Common Pleas Court of Cuyahoga County, pursuant to O.R.C. § 2743.48, declared that Green "is a wrongfully imprisoned individual" and "is hereby... entitled to commence civil action for damages against the State of Ohio."

An agreement was entered into in 2003 and subsequently approved by the State Attorney General and the court. Green was to be paid damages in the amount of $267,488.55. $197,511.45 was to be paid to Jamestown Life Insurance for a structured settlement in order to pay Green $1,000 per month for a minimum of 25 years, paying installments to his estate if he died prior, and alternatively continuing the payments to him for the rest of his life. $87,500 was to be paid to Green's attorney for fees and costs. The agreement stipulated no admission of guilt. See: Green v. Ohio, Ohio Ct. Cl., Case No. 2002 09889 WI (Nov. 13, 2003).

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