PA. Death Row Exoneree to Get $4 Million
Nick Yarris, released from jail four years ago after spending 22 years in prison having been sentenced to death for a murder he didn't commit, has settled his wrongful conviction case against Delaware County, PA for $4 million.
The settlement was the result of a malicious-prosecution lawsuit Yarris filed in 2004 against Delaware County and the law enforcement officials who investigated and prosecuted him, and it came as the case was moving closer to trial in U.S. District Court.
[His lawyer John] Beavers said county representatives agreed to inform the family of murder victim Linda Mae Craig that "no probable cause existed to believe Nick Yarris had anything to do with her death."
Yarris now lives in London where he is a stay at home dad to his 21 month old daughter.[More...]
As to his lawsuit,
He contended that officials in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office withheld key evidence during the trial and later sought to sabotage his bid for DNA testing.
The suit contended that a pair of men's gloves found in Craig's car was withheld from his defense team, even though the prosecution believed they belonged to the murderer. When the gloves were finally analyzed, the tests found nothing that matched Yarris' DNA. In addition, DNA evidence recovered from Craig's body also showed that Yarris was not the rapist or killer.
Yarris was represented in his habeas appeal by Peter Goldberger of Ardmore, PA. Here's more on the DNA findings and his release from prison. As Peter noted, neither the D.A. nor the Judge offered a kind word or an apology upon his release.
TalkLeft has written many posts about Yarris, including his allegations of abuse against Charles Graner, a Pennsylvania prison guard who went on to abuse prisoners at Abu Ghraib. All of the posts are accessible here.
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