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Article • August 7, 2017
$750,000 Settlement for MI Man Wrongfully Jailed for Murder of Girlfriend's Infant Son by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Matthew Ditzhazy, who was acquitted of charges that he murdered his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son, reached a $750,000 settlement agreement in July 2008 with the city of Lincoln Park, Mich., near Detroit, ...
Greene v. City of New York, NY, Order, False Arrest Wrongful Conviction, 2015 Case 1:08-cv-00243-AMD-CLP Document 228-1 Filed 03/27/15 Page 1 of 2 PageID #: 2976 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -----------------------------------------------------------------X CY GREENE, 08 Civ. 243(RJD)(CLP) Plaintiff, -againstORDER CITY OF NEW YORK, et al., Defendants ...
Greene v. City of New York, NY, Writ of Habeus Corpus, False Arrest Wrongful Conviction, 2015 Case 1:08-cv-00243-AMD-CLP Document 228-2 Filed 03/27/15 Page 1 of 2 PageID #: 2978 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK -----------------------------------------------------------------X CY GREENE, 08 Civ. 243(RJD)(CLP) Plaintiff, -againstCITY OF NEW YORK, et ...
Herrera v. City of Brea, CA, Plff's Memo Opp Order SJ, Malicious Prosecution, 2015 Case 8:12-cv-01650-SS Document 109 Filed 02/17/15 Page 1 of 31 Page ID #:1996 1 John Burton, State Bar No. 86029 jb@johnburtonlaw.com 2 THE LAW OFFICES OF JOHN BURTON 4 East Holly Street, Suite 201 3 Pasadena, ...
$13 Million Ohio Wrongful Conviction Verdict Upheld by Sixth Circuit by On December 2, 2014, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a district court jury verdict which awarded $13 million to a man who spent 12 years in prison for a murder conviction later overturned for malicious prosecution ...
Maine DA Sued for Malicious Prosecution by “Absolute immunity” typically allows prosecutors to escape liability in the event of malicious prosecutions. Even when prosecutorial misconduct is exposed, the punishment is usually far less severe than that experienced by the victim of the state’s wrongdoing – such as spending many years ...
A Story of Racial Bias, the Absence of Mercy, and a Death in Prison by By Equal Justice Initiative Forty-five years after Phillip Chance traveled from his home in Detroit, Michigan to visit family in rural Choctaw, Alabama, he died in an Alabama prison. During that visit in 1971, 15-year-old Phillip ...
Texas: “San Antonio Four” Exonerated after Two Decades by In 1997, Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez were convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls. The women came to be known as the “San Antonio Four.” With help from the Innocence Project of Texas, all four were ...
Five Wrongfully Convicted North Carolina Men Receive Almost $8 Million by David Reutter Five former prisoners who were wrongfully convicted in a home invasion murder have received settlements and compensation totaling nearly $8 million following a botched investigation and misconduct by the sheriff’s office in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Three ...
Georgia’s Supreme Court Rules on Private Probation Services by The Georgia Supreme Court held on March 25, 2016 that common law allows for tolling of privately-supervised misdemeanor probation sentences, and that such common law was not abrogated when lawmakers passed the State-Wide Probation Act. The case was before the state ...
Wayward Prosecutors Go Unpunished as Prison Time for Victims Piles Up by by Brooke Williams & Shawn Musgrave Massachusetts prosecutors have violated defendants’ rights to a fair trial regularly and without punishment, even as wrongfully convicted victims of tainted prosecutions have spent years in prison before being freed, decades of ...
AL: Insurance Company Required to Pay $2.3M Award in Wrongful Imprisonment Suit by Lonnie Burton Robert Garland and John Tatum were convicted and sentenced in 1991 on federal drug charges. They were later released when, in 1992, Captain Jerry Newton of the Andalusia, Alabama police department admitted to a fellow ...
Federal Death Penalty Case in Georgia Unravels, Triggering Investigation of Prosecutors by Derek Gilna A rare federal death penalty case in Georgia failed, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and derailed the careers of two federal prosecutors, both of whom are no longer employed by the U.S. Attorney's Office ...
Former Michigan AG Found Guilty of Stalking Gay Man by In August 2012, a federal jury in Detroit found Andrew Shirvell, a homophobic former Michigan assistant attorney general, guilty of stalking, defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and invasion of privacy, in a civil suit brought by Chris Armstrong, the ...
Pennsylvania Arrest for Videotaping Cops Denied Qualified Immunity by Mark Wilson A Pennsylvania federal court held that police were not entitled to qualified immunity for "entering a family's home and arresting its owner for doing nothing more than attempting to videotape the officers' overreaction on her own property." Kia Gaymon, ...
Article • August 11, 2016
Chicago Driver Awarded $319,464 for Police Red Light Violation Crash by Mark Wilson An Illinois jury awarded a Chicago man $319,464 for injuries he sustained when a Chicago police officer ran a red light, t-boning his vehicle. On October 26, 2005, Melvin Conway, 43, was driving home from the Chicago, ...
Man Nearly Executed, Awarded $14M after Exoneration by A former death row inmate who came within weeks of being executed was awarded $14 million by a federal jury in New Orleans after being cleared of his murder conviction. John Thompson, 40, spent 18 years in prison after being convicted of ...
Federal Jury Awards $9 Million to Illinois Man Cleared of Rape He Was Convicted of as Teenager by Alejandro Dominguez, who spent four years in prison for a rape he did not commit, was awarded $9 million by a federal jury after DNA evidence cleared him of the charges. Dominguez, ...
Article • August 5, 2016
Philadelphia Man Awarded $65,000 in Police Assault by A Philadelphia state court jury awarded $65,000 to a man after finding two police officers liable for assault and battery and malicious prosecution. At issue was the April 2, 2013, arrest of Phillip Easley, 30, who walked to a store and offered ...
HRDC Represents Former Illinois Prisoner in Wrongful Conviction Suit by Derek Gilna Over the years, Prison Legal News and its parent non-profit organization, the Human Rights Defense Center (HRDC), have filed dozens of censorship lawsuits against state prison systems and county jails, as well as numerous public records suits. [See: ...
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