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City of New York settles with man who was wrongfully imprisoned

Being charged with a crime is never a good thing. However, it’s important for anyone facing criminal charges in Fairfield County to realize that there is hope. In fact, even a person who has been convicted of a crime, no matter how serious, has the opportunity to appeal, which could eventually lead to an acquittal.

A New York man, who was wrongfully convicted for murder more than 20 years ago, is not only a free man now but he has agreed to a settlement against the city for his conviction. According to reports, the 59-year-old man was wrongfully convicted in 1990 for the murder of a popular Brooklyn Rabbi. The man was convicted of the rabbi’s death even though there was no physical evidence to connect him to the crime.

An investigation in 2011 determined that there was evidence of questionable behavior by the lead detective in the case, including witness coaching. The 59-year-old man who was wrongfully convicted sued the city for $150 million after he was released. His settlement calls for him to receive $6.4 million, which covers both time spent in prison and his wrongful conviction. The man and his attorney are now pursuing a wrongful conviction suit against the state as well.

As this case demonstrates, even when a person has spent more than 20 years behind bars, not all hope is lost. Eventually this man found justice and was exonerated. Likewise, even if you have been charged or convicted of a crime, that doesn’t mean you are guilty. If you find yourself in this situation, then contacting an experienced defense attorney may be in your best interest.

Source: New York Daily News, “Wrongfully imprisoned man David Ranta gets $6.4M in settlement with city following 23 years behind bars,” Oren Yaniv and Larry McShane, Feb. 21, 2014

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