L.A. Agrees to Pay Millions to 2 Men Who Spent Decades in Prison After Wrongful Murder Convictions

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Bruce Lisker is seen in court in 2009. He spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of stabbing his mother to death. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Bruce Lisker is seen in court in 2009. He spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of stabbing his mother to death. (Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

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.

Kash Register begins to cry after realizing he is a free man. He spent 34 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing a man in West Los Angeles. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
Kash Register begins to cry after realizing he is a free man. He spent 34 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of killing a man in West Los Angeles. (Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)

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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