Posted in Compensation/Exoneree compensation, Post-conviction relief, Reforming/Improving the system, Uncategorized, wrongful conviction
Tagged compensation, Criminal Justice Reform, FOIA, Freedom of Information Act, Keith Allen Harward, Mary Elizabeth Morgan, Nolan Klein, official misconduct, Ralph Armstrong, Robert Ferguson, The marshall project, wrongful conviction
Last Friday a federal jury awarded $13.2 million in compensation to David Ayers, who served 13 years of a life-without-parole prison sentence for a murder that DNA eventually proved he didn’t commit. This should certainly get the attention of Cleveland and Ohio taxpayers if the horror of an innocent person languishing in prison while the true murderer escapes justice is not troubling enough. It should also motivate voters to signal zero tolerance for official misconduct (a recurring contributor to wrongful convictions) and to require implementation of known best practices in criminal justice procedure.
As reported earlier on this blog and (here), and (here), former Cuyahoga County Housing Authority police officer, David Ayers was convicted on December 11, 2000, of Continue reading →