Los Angeles will pay more than $24 million to two men who spent decades in prison after they were wrongfully convicted of murder.
Kash Delano Register who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School doubted a key prosecution witness’s testimony was awarded $16.7 million by the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday.
While Bruce Lisker, who was released from prison in 2009 after a Los Angeles Times investigation into his conviction, took $7.6 million.
It is the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history, according to reports.
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.