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Thursday, January 21, 2016

L.A. to pay $24 million to 2 men who spent decades in jail for murders they did not commit

Los Angeles will pay more than $24 million to two men who spent decades in prison after they were wrongfully convicted of murder, officials said.  
Kash Delano Register won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School doubted a key prosecution witness’s testimony.
He was awarded $16.7 million by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday. It is the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history, according to reports.
Bruce Lisker, who was released from prison in 2009 after a Los Angeles Times investigation into his conviction, will walk away with $7.6 million.
 
Though their cases were unrelated, both men maintained that detectives ignored evidence that proved their innocence.
 
City Councilman Paul Krekorian told reporters on Tuesday the two cases were the “very unfortunate” result of police misconduct in the past, but did not reflect how the department operates today.
“It’s just regrettable that these two individuals spent the better part of their lives in prison as a result of the inadequacy of the investigations that happened back then,” said Krekorian, who heads the budget committee that weighs settlement payments.
Register, now 55, was arrested and charged in the 1979 armed robbery and murder of Jack Sasson, 78, after eyewitness testimony put him at the scene at the time of the shooting, the Times wrote.
 
Witness Brenda Anderson reportedly told police she heard gunshots and that she saw Register running from the scene.
 
Anderson picked him out of a photo lineup, officials said, but her sisters told police that her accounts were untrue.
 
Despite there being no recovered murder weapon, no fingerprints lifted and Register’s girlfriend’s insistence that he was with her at the time of the shooting, he spent 34 years behind bars for the crime.
 
Anderson’s sister, Sheila Vanderkam, reportedly testified that she tried to tell a detective that her sister had lied about seeing Register, but the investigator put a finger to his lips, meaning she should stay quiet.
 
Her other sister, Sharon Anderson, said that she, too, was ignored by police.
 
Register’s attorneys claimed that Anderson picked out Register under the threat of being prosecuted for credit card forgery and a recent theft if she didn’t choose someone.
 
Register was finally freed after a fresh examination of his case, spurred on after Vanderkam read many years later that he was still imprisoned. He was ultimately freed in 2013.
“After almost 37 years, I am more than ready to try to put this all behind me and move on with my life,” he told reporters.
Lisker, now 50, also said he was ready to move forward after spending 26 years in prison for the murder of his 66-year-old mother, Dorka.
 
Though happy to be vindicated, he told the Times:
“How can one place a monetary figure on a lifetime of stolen freedom, of crushed aspirations and a shattered reputation, on my mother’s tragic murder going unsolved and neglected for 33 years and counting? There are no words…”
At the time of the murder, Lisker, who had a reputation for fighting with his mother and a history of drug abuse, told police he saw her lying in the foyer and broke into the home to help her. They did not believe him.
A Times investigation in 2005 raised questions about the case against Lisker, pointing to details that showed the murder investigation was "sloppy and incomplete."
 
During a hearing in federal court challenging Lisker’s conviction, key elements of the prosecution’s case were undermined or disproved, including that a bloody print found in the bathroom was not in fact made by Lisker’s shoes as it was once thought to be. 
 
His attorneys also said that the lead detective ignored evidence that Lisker’s friend may have been a possible suspect.
 
Since his release, Lisker has married.  

95 comments:

Flawless Ricko said...

Dem go pay tire awish is nigeria

Charles Okafor said...

Ehyaa... Choi... Notin pains like accusin people falsely...














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A*B Nice said...

Gud 4 Dem

Olivia Ngene said...

Fair compensation











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AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Some innocent people are still suffering in d prison sad!

freeborn zinalima said...

Nice one LA.America must be rolling the world cause the are always on the right side.
Africa can't not emulate this one because there leaders are corrupt than the name corruption.
Terrorist buhari is suppose to do the same to nnamdi kanu for holding him for the crime he didn't commit.
Buhari will not no peace.


























#sad indeed

Aro Waliyu said...

Even doz dat weren't convicted 10urs won't hv made 16.7m...cool way to mak money

Hammed Akinkunmi said...

Money can't buy them the agonies they passed through tho....

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

Observed, God has vindicated them, with all humility and honesty I have feelings for Linda Ikeji and would sincerely wish to meet her in person this year as part of my resolution.

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Chop Chop said...

The truth is bitter but sweet like sugar.

Pearlie said...

No amount of money can be compared to wasted years, thank God they have been vindicated

Uche Anaekwe said...

The innocent shall surely be vindicated no matter how long it takes!!! What a waste











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Juliet Iwuno said...

Nna Na wa o! Even though money won't buy back all the time dey spent in jail but it would help dem live a comfortable life thereafter. Linda take note!

livingstone chibuike said...

Eeeyaa

GRACE CHISOM said...

Wow d lisker guy as seriously moved on

Bonita Bislam said...

This is the kinda story that send cold shivers down my spine & very very annoying.After spending decades for nothing???? Kai life isn't fair
I wish the cases of all Nigerian prisoners can be revisited.So many innocent peeps are languishing in jail for nothing.

Egwuonwu obinna said...

The Almighty, Creator of all things is just and Holy, and would never fail to deliver Justice

Edem victor said...

Wow.. I hope it's enough for them


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Egwuonwu obinna said...

The Almighty, Creator of all things is just and Holy, He would never fail to deliver Justice

Nnenne George said...

Very painful..

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Thank God for their life

vinna saviour said...

Gosh I just pity this man they should even pay him more than that for the crime he did not commit

vinna saviour said...

Gosh I just pity this man they should even pay him more than that for the crime he did not commit

tosisochukwu said...

God has vindicate them! Moral lesson be good and follow the right step in life, God is their to fight your battle no matter how long it takes





















































































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dj banti said...

So sad

dj banti said...

So sad

HECTOR EKITI said...

Good for them


Feco Prince said...

Well I'll attribute it to 1. God's mercy, & then good judiciary system & good work of their police department. If na for naija here, forget am, you don rot in jail be that, you go even die there, nobody would care. It's well with our souls.

Chomsy said...

What a civilized country. They have to pay them for wrong accusation and embarrassment, while many people has died of innocency in Africa. Hmm. meanwhile, Lin Lin u rock more than a Rocket.






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Henry EZe....
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benjamin sylva said...

Fair settlement

Ifechukwu Chioke said...

It's well

nekkymighty said...

Wow,abeg make dem pay sharp sharp!!!

esther owem said...

Nawa. 26yrs behind bars for crime he did not commit. Is not easy. Thank God he is out

esther owem said...

Linda approve my comment. That's why I found it difficult to comment

Queen Erekosima said...

gud for them

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I B M bolubantin said...

Thank GOD for 'em..atleast they get to be compensated.

Owakah I said...

GOOD

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Paul Ocheke said...

What a pity, so sad but happy for them. Can this happen in naija... Double your hustle

Pesin Pikin said...

Wow! what a touching story! Well, they deserve a whole more than just money cuz 2 decades aint two days o. The major thing is tthat their names have been clared and vindicated

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

They deserve even more than that and I hope they'd be fortunate enough to win the case. People can be so mean in this life by making vicious allegations against an obviously innocent person and blocking all evidences that are to prove the person's innocence. They forget the fact that as long as the force of gravity doesn't cease in it's functions, that of karma will keep working and it doesn't matter how long it takes to turn around in it's rotational movement.

Ichebi Christian said...

Kai this is not funny oh
The money won't mend the past

Anonymous said...

Linda it happens every day in Nigeria and our police and lawyers here aren't passionate about prisoners, we are hearing this cause of the amount of settlement involved

Demmy said...

Dats plenty years to spend behind bars wrongfully ooo,,,,, God forbid

HolyGhostFire said...

$24m grand............ Respite finally came their ways. But come to think of it, can that actually compensate for the lost time, lost friends, lost relatives, lost opportunity to become good dads and good husbands, lost opportunity to become a better career man etc. Anyway, "at all at all na bad one"


#NigeriaWillSoarHighAgain.
#BetterDaysAhead

Good morning Linda

Pesin Pikin said...

Another thing here I've come to observe is that these sorta news or plight virtually happens to the black people as I've read a couple of em sometimes back...isn't this stereotypical prejudice????

snow white said...

From sorrow too joy...thank God for their life

Daniel Pam said...

Eyaaaa!!!!.....prison is not a fun place to be, talk more of spending Decade.......they should try pay them their lost......

Long live the Queen
(Linda IkejI)....

Anonymous said...

This is the saddest story ever. May God heal both of them.

shuga diva said...

thank God they realized it, is better late than never
at least with that kind of monetary compensation, they can start a living.

Anonymous Personified said...

Awww..they actually deserved to be paid more.
God, please save us from such unfortunate incidences.

Ivy Godspower said...

I believe there both black men



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Solomon Chukwuka said...

Nawaooooo uh

ahabike daniel said...

nice but it will not bring back the decades lost their govt should look into their judiciary

chinelo okafor said...

Good for them.

Ama Adoma said...

They just wasted their years and now wants to settle them with this few dollars? Sad indeed

kene2chukwu said...

big recovery for the accused.....aka-chukwu is involved

VIVACIOUS TRACY said...

O my God !!! After 34 yrs. 4 wot he didn't kno abt

Anonymous said...

Wow, wasted years all because someone was too quick to wrap up the case or because they were black so they just say its got to be them...thankGod this time the state is paying tho the money will not make it all go away, but it is a starting point.

Nenyechi said...

Wish dis could happen in Nigeria even without payment dey shud investigate properly n free those dat were accused wrongly

Hana said...

I sight a blackman der
As usual....black ppl always present
Even if dey do no wrong
Kom bak to ur country n retain some dignity idiaats









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Leonard Omotayo (Hormortaryo #Frosh) said...

Yea" the court make mistake sometimes...

Jenny Duby said...

Chei...#LindaConfirm

daniela desmond said...

Very good...they should even pay more, becos they didn't do their jobs right. Next time do ur investigations right!

Achi Izuegbunem said...

At least it will reduce the pains of wrongful incarceration

JAYZSBOSS said...

Shit that's crazy

Anonymous said...

Hope FG will pay Hamza Mustapha too... The guy really suffered. Come on, he has children and wife (ves)

Damolia De Best said...

May God Help Us all ki ama ri ogun akoba adaba *AMEN*!!!















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Prof said...

That's God at work.. No matter how long it takes, joy cometh in the morning.

Merciful God.

Ngozi Ebere said...

Mistaken identity. I pity them

Jamila Shaibu said...

Eyahhh....thats sad sha!





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Augustine Ignatius said...

very pathetic. i am so sorry for them.

golda awosika said...

I can't even imagine such, doing tym for wat u did not do





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Chidinma O S Ogoke said...

This would definitely be a big testimony for each of them. Becoming millionaires over night and regaining freedom after decades of "prisonhood".

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma said...

Good one

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma said...

Good one

precious green said...

That's a better way to make up for the wrong doing..

precious green said...

That's a better way to make up for hurting the innocent..m

botty. said...

Enter your comment...congrats to them o

Anonymous said...

They can set them up again. After watching making a murderer on Netflix, I trust no one.

Anonymous said...

Omg! I use dis as a point of contact to my husbans who has spent 7yrs in Texsas federal prison for offence dat was committed by his company accountant " Segun Adebayo from Osun state who diverted money paid by govt. God where eva dis so called Segun fraudster is,let d ground he matched on swallow him,let d water he drinks and baths becomes fire to him till he runs mad,confess and die. He bits d finger dat fed him. Even in death,Segun will neva know Peace. Linda i need ur email for d details of dis story.

Miriam Aguzie said...

Chei! Cool way to make money mehnn!#Lindangwanu#

Great Reward said...

That's a good government, not like buhari's deceitful government.

Bae Bae said...

I'm telling u

Bae Bae said...

True

temitope faizat said...

Thank God truth later prevail

jewel zazi said...

can ds ever apen in Nigeria?????

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Nice.


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udeh martha said...

very pathetic. i am so sorry for them.

uche ekwulugo said...

Eyah, no amount of money go fit buy those lost Years. I really dey feel for Dem. No be every body wey u see inside cell be criminal o



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THIS HAPPENS A LOT IN THAT COUNTRY. ESPECIALLY TO BLACKS

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