March 2019 Archives

Man awarded $13.1 million after being framed for murder

A California man has been awarded $13.1 million by the San Francisco's Board of Supervisors for being framed for murder by the two detectives who initially investigated the incident that led to his arrest. The payment settles a civil lawsuit the man filed against the city and four police officers after being cleared of the charges that resulted in his five-year incarceration. While the board unanimously approved the settlement payment, they have not commented on the matter.

Governor orders DNA testing in 35-year-old murder case

A 61-year-old man who has spent decades in prison after being sentenced to death for the murder of four people in 1983 was thrown a lifeline on Feb. 22 when California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered DNA testing of evidence that he claims will prove his innocence. The case garnered national attention in 2000 when the CBS show "48 Hours" ran a story suggesting that key evidence had been overlooked or destroyed by law enforcement.

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