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Insurance a Major Factor in Law Enforcement Civil Rights Settlements

Municipalities, their insurers and risk pools should be heeding the current public re-examination of police and prosecutorial actions taking place across the country, according to an insurance policyholder attorney who works on civil rights cases. Attorney Alexander Brown sees the …

Judge Rules for Insurer in Nebraska Wrongful Conviction Case

A Nebraska judge has ruled that an insurance provider doesn’t have to cover the legal debt of a Nebraska county that wrongfully convicted six people in a 1985 rape and murder. Lancaster County District Judge Jodi L. Nelson ruled Thursday …

Judge Dismisses Nebraska County’s Claim Against Insurers

Gage County’s insurance policies from a risk-sharing pool of companies don’t cover $28.1 million that a jury awarded to six people who were wrongfully convicted in the 1985 rape and killing of a woman, a judge ruled. Judge Jodi Nelson, …

Insurer Fights Paying $5.3M to Wrongfully Convicted Missouri Man

A former insurance carrier for the city of Columbia, Mo., is appealing a ruling that it owes $5.3 million to a man who served 10 years in prison before his conviction for killing a sports editor in Columbia was thrown …

Connecticut City Loses Insurance Policy in Wrongful Imprisonment

Hartford, Conn., officials say they cannot find a 30-year-old insurance policy that could play a key role in any damages or settlement the city would have to pay in a lawsuit filed by a man wrongly imprisoned for murder for …

Judges Routinely Allow Disavowed Forensic Evidence

Two hairs that looked like the victim’s; some dirt on a truck like that taken from the crime scene; a pattern on the bumper that resembled a design on the victim’s popular brand of jeans. The case against Steven Barnes …

Insurer for Washington County Agrees to $2.25M Settlement in Wrongful Convictions

The insurance company for Spokane County will pay $2.25 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that contended the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office engaged in witness-tampering and recklessness to wrongfully convict three men for a 2008 robbery. Spokane County …

Wisconsin Man Wants $450,000 From State for Wrongful Conviction

A Wisconsin man wants the state Claims Board to give him $450,000 for what he says was a wrongful conviction. A jury convicted Maxwell Verkuilen in 2004 of sexually assaulting a woman he met in an Appleton bar. An appeals …

New York Court OKs $5.5M Award to Wrongly Convicted Man

It’s not unreasonable for the state to pay $5.5 million to a man who spent nine years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of trying to kill his sleeping wife with a hammer, an appeals court has ruled, upholding an …

Wrongfully Convicted Cleared in New York City Killing Plans $162M Claim

A man recently exonerated in a 1989 New York City killing that happened while he was visiting Disney World filed papers Tuesday outlining plans to seek $162 million from the city, one of his lawyers said. By filing what’s called …