Skip to comments.Ohio Man Exonerated of Murder After 13 Years in Prison Wins $13.2M
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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The monetary award is justified and the officers who gave false testimony should be required to serve the rest of his sentence.........
Shame on the cops, but I feel sorry for the taxpayers who will be paying for this instead of legitimate costs...
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 ????
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.
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.
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.
I believe in the death penalty, but I would never vote for a death penalty solely on evidence produced by the Houston Crime Lab.
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.
The murder didn’t happen, or if it did, the culprit will remain unknown. Justice prevails!
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.
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.
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.
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.....
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.
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.
It is now --
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.........
What the hell is wrong with people...
I have no idea......
Yeah, but they're paying it in cigarettes and doritos from the prison canteen.
The cops deserve 2 years for every year he served.
Spend a day or two in L.A County then get back to us.....you haven't a clue.
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
I would suppose that depends on whether you like sleeping with Bubba.
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.
So, spend all our energy hating cops instead of electing good men?
Because power corrupts, societys demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
- John Adams -
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.
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.
Absolutely correct. Anybody who depends on the "justice system" for justice is a fool.
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.
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I don’t disagree with you!
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
Oh yea if people really knew the levels of corruption they would freak out.