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Jury Awards $6 Mil to Man Framed by FBI

Former Chicago police officer Steve Manning was framed by two FBI agents and ended up on death row. A jury has now awarded him $6 million in damages.

The jury also held that one of the FBI agents also framed Manning in a Missouri kidnapping case. Manning spent 14 years in prison before both convictions were overturned and the prosecutions were dropped. The damages could go even higher. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly, who presided over the six-week trial, is yet to rule on whether the United States shares responsibility with the two agents for malicious prosecutions.

"It's a long, long way from Death Row to complete vindication,'' Manning said after the verdict.

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  • Re: Jury Awards $6 Mil to Man Framed by FBI (none / 0) (#1)
    by Sailor on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 09:35:29 AM EST
    I would think that since the FBI says they didn't do anything wrong and they are still employed that the gov't is also liable.

    Re: Jury Awards $6 Mil to Man Framed by FBI (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 10:04:10 AM EST
    Another solid gold argument for tort reform. Frivolous lawsuits and outrageous awards like this will only hinder the FBI in its mission to lock people up for no reason.

    Re: Jury Awards $6 Mil to Man Framed by FBI (none / 0) (#3)
    by pigwiggle on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 12:21:05 PM EST
    Thats only ~.5mil a year, very lame.

    Re: Jury Awards $6 Mil to Man Framed by FBI (none / 0) (#4)
    by jondee on Tue Jan 25, 2005 at 12:46:11 PM EST
    Apparently the guy was an informant - theres ALOT more to this story Im sure,and the moral may turn out to be "if youre gonna go swimming,youre gonna get wet."