Two African-American half-brothers who spent 31 years in jail within the southern US state of North Carolina for against the law they didn’t commit have been awarded $84 million, their lawyer stated Monday.
“This is the largest jury verdict ever returned in a wrongful conviction case in the history of the United States,” Des Hogan instructed AFP.
Henry Lee McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown, each of whom are intellectually disabled, have been convicted of the 1983 rape and homicide of an 11-year-old woman.
They have been respectively 19 and 15 years outdated on the time of their arrest and claimed to have been compelled to signal confessions.
Their convictions have been overturned in 2014 after the invention of DNA proof that positioned one other man on the scene the place the woman’s physique was discovered.
McCollum and Brown pursued a federal civil rights case and a jury on Friday awarded them a complete of $84 million in compensatory damages, punitive damages and curiosity.
“The jury sent a message that the old times of ignoring the rights of the poor, the people of color, the marginalised in rural counties, are gone,” Hogan stated.
“They are thrilled that they won, they are happy that the jury said the sheriff was wrong,” Hogan stated. “They were vindicated.”
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