$1,000,000

Ricky Jackson, a 58-year-old man who spent all of his adult life in an Ohio prison cell for a murder he didn’t commit, was awarded a “whopping” million dollars to compensate him for the prosecutorial misconduct that led to his conviction.

4 thoughts on “$1,000,000

  1. The Clevland Plain Dealer claims that Eddie Vernon was only 12 years old when he falsely testified (http://www.CLEAVLAND.COM/court-justice/index.ssf/2014/11/finally_exonerated_friends_lea.html#incart_story_package) that he had seen Ricky Jackson et al. What I can’t help wondering is from what budget that princely one million USD which Mr Jackson has been «awarded» as compensation for wrongfully spending 39 years in prison is taken. As we know (http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2014/09/06/stop-and-seize/), many police departments in the US partially finance their activities by means of a procedure known as «civil asset forfeiture» (sounds better than «robbery») ; why not then, make these departments – and prosecutors offices financially responsible for the crimes they commit, while increasing compensation to wrongfully imprisoned persons by at least a factor of ten ?…

    In any event, Mr Jackson should be advised against converting that one million USD to cash and driving with it in his possession ; the risk that it would be confiscated («forfeited») to the cops is hardly negligible….

    Henri

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