Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mass. man settles wrongful conviction suit

His conviction was vacated after DNA testing of semen found on the victim's bed sheets excluded him. Charles asserts that he had been targeted by a police officer with a vendetta who hid evidence in pursuit of his wrongful conviction. No wonder they did not want the matter to go to trial. Since he was formally entitled to only $500,000, there is nearly $3 million of guilt money there

A Massachusetts man who spent 18 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of raping three women has settled a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Boston for $3.25 million.

City lawyer William Sinnott says the city settled with Ulysses Rodriguez Charles earlier this month to avert a federal trial.

The deal comes eight months after a jury cited "clear and convincing evidence" that the 59-year-old Charles was innocent of the 1980 rapes in Boston's Brighton neighborhood and was entitled to $500,000 under the state's wrongful conviction compensation law.

Charles' lawyer tells The Boston Globe his client is a victim, just as the three women were victims. Charles' legal problems are not over. He now faces deportation to his native Trinidad.

Original report here

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