Los Angeles will pay more than $24 million to two men who were wrongfully convicted and spent decades behind bars before being freed, city lawmakers decided Tuesday.
Both Kash Register and Bruce Lisker sued the city after their murder convictions were overturned. The Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay $16.7 million to Register and $7.6 million to Lisker, resolving two cases that had accused Los Angeles Police Department detectives of trampling on their rights.
The two lawsuits were not related, but had striking parallels: Both men were arrested as teens. Both contended that LAPD detectives fabricated evidence of their guilt. And both won their freedom after attorneys challenged the police work that sent them to prison.
Attorneys for Register believed his is the largest individual civil rights settlement ever in Los Angeles.
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