Over wrongful conviction, Philadelphia to pay $4.15M to man
To compensate for a wrongful judgement and destroying the life of a wrongfully convicted man, the city of Philadelphia will now pay $4.15 million. The move came into action after the man has spent nearly 24 years in prison. Crime? A murder which he never committed. This payout is one of the largest in the history of the city.
Last week, the officials agreed on settling the civil rights lawsuit which was filed by Shaurn Thomas. He was 20 at the time of his conviction for second-degree murder in the case of robbery and killing in 1990. Following it, he was given a life sentence.
Thomas who is now 45 was in custody for an unrelated crime, of attempted theft of a motorcycle, on the day of the killing.
In 2017, his murder conviction was vacated with DA's office choosing not to retry the case. In the lawsuit, it was alleged that the police officers who were involved in the investigation of the case didn't bother to check the alibi, even when they were told the alibi. Other conspirators who hinted Thomas and his later recanted.
In a statement given by the Mayor, Jim Kenney, he said, "I hope this resolution can assist Mr Thomas and his family after the difficulties they experienced during his 24 years of incarceration."