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ARTICLE ID 193496

$________ – CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION – PLAINTIFF ALLEGED THAT HE WAS WRONGFULLY CONVICTED OF MURDER AND IMPRISONED – PLAINTIFF CONTENDED THAT POLICE OFFICERS CONCEALED INFORMATION WHICH LED TO WRONGFUL CONVICTION AND IMPRISONMENT

USDC, District of Massachusetts

In this civil rights matter, the plaintiff alleged that he was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for a murder that he did not commit. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant violated his civil rights by information withheld by the police, which included the alleged payment of a witness to testify at the plaintiff’s criminal trial. The defendants denied the allegations and disputed liability to the plaintiff.

The plaintiff was convicted for a purported gang murder when he was 23-years-old. A 12-year-old girl was killed during a gang related shooting, and the plaintiff was convicted, based upon the testimony of a witness that placed him at the scene, including carrying a gun just prior to the shooting. The plaintiff was sentenced to life in prison and served 15 years.

In ________, witnesses recanted their testimony, alleging that they were intimidated by the police into testifying against the plaintiff. At that time, it was also discovered that there were other flaws in the prosecution of the case, which led to the court vacating the plaintiff’s conviction. This included evidence that one of the defendants had paid for the witness to stay in a hotel, and provided him with meals in exchange for his testimony. The plaintiff filed a wrongful conviction suit, alleging that his civil rights were violated and he was denied a fair trial. The plaintiff contended that the defendants withheld evidence that would have discredited the prosecution’s main witness, and failed to disclose evidence that demonstrated that the witness was being compensated with room and meals by the police involved.

The defendants denied the allegations and disputed that any wrongdoing or violation of the plaintiff’s civil rights occurred. Although the plaintiff succeeded at trial, an appeal overturned the plaintiff’s verdict. The parties agreed to resolve the plaintiff’s claim during appeal process, and prior to a new trial on the wrongful conviction claim. The parties agreed that the plaintiff would receive the sum of $________ from the defendants.

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