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$101M for Wrongful Conviction

In Boston today, U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner ordered the federal government to pay $101.7 million for the FBI's role in wrongfully sending four men to prison for a 1965 gangland murder. As The Boston Globe reports, Gertner found that the FBI withheld evidence that the men had been framed. Two of the men spent three decades in prison, while two others died behind bars. "This case is about intentional misconduct, suborning of perjury ... the framing of innocent men," Gertner said. A complete copy of her 228-page opinion is available here. The Boston Globe has a number of other documents from the case here.

Among those who played a critical role in exposing the men's innocence was lawyer-turned-journalist Dan Rea, whose work on the case earned him the Massachusetts Bar Association's first-ever Excellence in Journalism Award. You can hear a February interview with Victor Garo, the attorney for one of the four men, conducted by Lu Ann Reeb at the Legal Talk Network (the same group that produces the podcast I cohost, Lawyer2Lawyer). Reeb worked as a producer with Rea in his reporting on this story.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 26, 2007 at 03:30 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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