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Ohio Man Exonerated of Murder After 13 Years in Prison Wins $13.2M
Fox News ^ | March 10, 2013

Posted on 03/11/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway

An Ohio man who was exonerated after spending 13 years in prison for murder cried as a federal jury found that two Cleveland police detectives violated his civil rights by coercing and falsifying testimony and withholding evidence that pointed to his innocence.

The jury's verdict on Friday, which included awarding $13.2 million to David Ayers of Cleveland for his pain and suffering, brings an end to the legal battle he's been fighting since his arrest in the 1999 killing of 76-year-old Dorothy Brown.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; nodonut

1 posted on 03/11/2013 1:39:04 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

The monetary award is justified and the officers who gave false testimony should be required to serve the rest of his sentence.........


2 posted on 03/11/2013 1:41:24 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: nickcarraway

Shame on the cops, but I feel sorry for the taxpayers who will be paying for this instead of legitimate costs...


3 posted on 03/11/2013 1:42:53 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: nickcarraway

and just how much do the Attorneys take?? and how much in taxes does he have to pay??

In the end just what DOES HE REALLY END UP WITH ????

JUST WONDERING.


4 posted on 03/11/2013 1:46:57 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: nickcarraway
Prosecutions are not about truth (the meaning of verdict) they are about politics and convictions....have been for a long time.

Anyone who has had the misfortune of getting tangled up in the legal system will tell you that cops lie, prosecutors could give a flip about what the truth is and our legal system does nothing but perpetuate lawyers and their money making scams.

Thing is, they have unlimited sources of money to carry out their deeds, American Joe doesn't. Hence multiple charges and plea bargains.

Ask George Zimmerman.

5 posted on 03/11/2013 1:48:58 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: TheBattman

How about some sympathy for the victim who spent thirteen years jailed for something he didn’t do?

The cops who sent him there should go to jail for an equal amount of time.


6 posted on 03/11/2013 1:50:19 PM PDT by dinodino
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To: dinodino

Thank you. Yes, it is tragic about the innocent victim beiing incarcerated for 13 years, but it is criminal about those who acted corruptly to put him there. They should have to answer to charges, or at least, have to go bankrupt trying to pay the state back for the award to the exonerated man.


7 posted on 03/11/2013 1:53:16 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: nickcarraway

I believe in the death penalty, but I would never vote for a death penalty solely on evidence produced by the Houston Crime Lab.


9 posted on 03/11/2013 1:59:23 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: NEMDF

The same Judge who overturned this conviction had the opportunity and the authority to find both police officer in contempt and have them confined immediately.


10 posted on 03/11/2013 2:00:20 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: nickcarraway

The murder didn’t happen, or if it did, the culprit will remain unknown. Justice prevails!


11 posted on 03/11/2013 2:00:49 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

I left the DAs office after 13 months because I routinely dismissed cases based on checking the box “other” and citing 2nd Amendment.
I also demanded that I be convinced that the law was constitutional and was being appropriately applied.
My supervisors were always writing me up and giving reprimands.
I wished I hadn’t thrown them away but instead framed them (not a pun).
Now I am a defense attorney and truly the defense bar as a whole is more conservative than most prosecutors.


12 posted on 03/11/2013 2:07:03 PM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: Clump

Having worked in two Texas city attorney offices, I had the opportunity to see the police at work. They routinely lied to cover their rears, to support their arrests. In Houston, the throw-down gun was common.


13 posted on 03/11/2013 2:24:39 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: rstrahan
The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Police can lie to you in order to extract a confession, Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731, 739 (1969).

The Supreme Court also kicked God out of schools and blesses sodomy, abortion, no-knock police searches, property seizure for private economic development, etc.

Our problem is with the politicians and their judicial appointments, not the cops.

14 posted on 03/11/2013 2:43:05 PM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: Hot Tabasco

the lying officers and prosecutor serving the remainder of his sentence is justice with a big J better yet they can go to prison for the amount of time this guy was given in the first place.....


15 posted on 03/11/2013 2:50:29 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: haircutter

The State of Ohio has a law to guide this and according to what I’m reading the gentleman who was wrongfully imprisoned is due the entire $13.2 million and his attorneys are allowed to claim their payment separately.

http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2743.48


16 posted on 03/11/2013 2:54:32 PM PDT by MeganC (The left have so twisted public perceptions that the truth now appears pornographic.- SpaceBar)
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To: nickcarraway

I’m trying to decide if I would be willing to live in a prison for 13 years, if in the end I was exonerated and got 13 million dollars.

A million a year. That’s not a bad wage.


17 posted on 03/11/2013 3:01:11 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Clump

YOU ROCK...!

MUCH RESPECT...!


18 posted on 03/11/2013 3:11:54 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Clump
I wished I hadn’t thrown them away but instead framed them (not a pun).

It is now --

19 posted on 03/11/2013 3:20:05 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: CharlesWayneCT
if in the end I was exonerated and got 13 million dollars.

It isn't that simple, regardless of the cash you receive, you will always have that aura of "guilty" hanging over your head by people who you once considered friends........

Unless you're willing to move to another country or another state where your identity will never be discovered, you will always be considered guilty in the eyes of many........I couldn't live with that.

In 2005, an employee at my plant was accused of molesting the girl friend of his teenage daughter. He was arrested, thrown in jail and arraigned and the judge even called him a monster for what he had done without even hearing the testimony.

Long story short, the ex-wife had conspired with the daughter's friend to falsely accuse Andy of the molestation because Andy had custody of their daughter and she was attempting to regain custody.

Andy was found innocent but the financial burden to fight the accusation and the ostracizing he encountered in his neighborhood and loss of his job in 2006 was too much for him. He hung himself in July of 2007........

No amount of money in the world will ever restore your honor or your good name.........

20 posted on 03/11/2013 3:24:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Were charges ever filed against the ex-wife or friend of the daughter?

What the hell is wrong with people...

21 posted on 03/11/2013 3:36:15 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: warsaw44
Were charges ever filed against the ex-wife or friend of the daughter?

I have no idea......

22 posted on 03/11/2013 3:38:17 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (This space for rent)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
A million a year. That’s not a bad wage.

Yeah, but they're paying it in cigarettes and doritos from the prison canteen.

23 posted on 03/11/2013 3:40:52 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Hot Tabasco

The cops deserve 2 years for every year he served.


24 posted on 03/11/2013 4:00:44 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I’m trying to decide if I would be willing to live in a prison for 13 years, if in the end I was exonerated and got 13 million dollars.
A million a year. That’s not a bad wage.

Spend a day or two in L.A County then get back to us.....you haven't a clue.

25 posted on 03/11/2013 4:07:24 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: donna
Our problem is with the politicians and their judicial appointments, not the cops.

Sorry, but I cannot agree. The first clause of your statement is true; the second is not.

Cops who lie to the court are evil, wicked, heinous, and despicable, and they do it all the time. And, yes, I know they are allowed to lie to suspects they interrogate. I get that, but it is NOT what we are talking about on this thread.

Cops are not allowed to lie under oath. They are not allowed to lie in depositions, to the grand jury, in court, or to obtain a warrant. They are not allowed to suborn perjury. To do any of these is a crime, and they should be prosecuted for it.

Furthermore, when cops (or anyone in a position of authority) commits these crimes, they undermine faith in the system.

When policemen break the law, there isn't any law. Just a fight for survival. - Billy Jack

26 posted on 03/11/2013 6:09:49 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: CharlesWayneCT
A million a year. That’s not a bad wage.

I would suppose that depends on whether you like sleeping with Bubba.

27 posted on 03/11/2013 6:15:16 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: All

What pisses me off more than anything is after someone is exonerated the DA and cops usually stand by their “conclusions” and say they got the right man.


28 posted on 03/11/2013 7:46:13 PM PDT by Terry Mross (How long before America is gone?)
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To: rmh47

So, spend all our energy hating cops instead of electing good men?

“Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.”
- John Adams -


29 posted on 03/11/2013 8:36:42 PM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: donna
So, spend all our energy hating cops instead of electing good men?

Straw man argument. The two activities are not mutually exclusive.

I could just as easily turn it around and say, "So, ignore wrongdoing by cops so we can spend all our energy fighting corrupt politicians?" How much sense does that make? None.

And, BTW, I do NOT hate cops. I know a bunch of them because I am a first responder myself (not a cop, however). Most are decent and honest, but a very sizable fraction fall short of what is acceptable, and the rest cover up for them.

With power comes responsibility, and cops have power--a lot of power--because they are the citizen's first contact with the justice system. Cops make the initial decision to arrest or let go. Once in the criminal justice system, a citizen is punished whether he is found guilty or not. He is out time, money, and perhaps his freedom for a time even if the charges are eventually dropped or he is found not guilty.

The more power one has, the higher should be the standard to which they are held.

30 posted on 03/11/2013 10:20:15 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got eight? NRA Life Member])
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To: Hot Tabasco

Gov. workers, in this case police officers, should be held responsible for crimes they commit via the abuse of their authority.

If the public has to pay out for corrupt officials, they may decide dishonesty and moral corruption in politicans and government authority is not cool anymore. Otherwise. the whole nation will look like Detroit.


31 posted on 03/11/2013 11:40:37 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Las Vegas Ron
...cops lie, prosecutors could give a flip about what the truth is and our legal system does nothing but perpetuate lawyers and their money making scams.

Absolutely correct. Anybody who depends on the "justice system" for justice is a fool.

32 posted on 03/11/2013 11:46:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: nickcarraway

Dick Peery
This article does not name assistant prosecutors Mark Mahoney and Perry Kendall who tried the flawed case nor say the Cuyahoga County prosecutor fought DNA examination for years after Ayers first asked in 2004. Now the same office is investigating police who fired 137 shots to kill two unarmed people in November.
2 Days Ago
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33 posted on 03/11/2013 11:56:42 PM PDT by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: dinodino

I don’t disagree with you!


34 posted on 03/12/2013 12:06:02 AM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: rmh47
Hatred is a sin. Just prosecute the guilty cops and move on to the real work.

It is wasted strategy in these times to chase the symptom instead of the cause.

Casing the symptom joins you to, and leads you to do the work of

35 posted on 03/12/2013 11:01:01 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: rstrahan

Oh yea if people really knew the levels of corruption they would freak out.


36 posted on 03/13/2013 7:00:04 AM PDT by Clump ( the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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