Detroit Pays Millions To Wrongly Jailed Witnesses

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http://www.detnews.com/2003/metro/0307/13/a01-216021.htm When police and prosecutors put away Joel Fuentes for murder in 2001, the conviction had a staggering, unintended cost: $1 million, the Detroit News reports. That's what the city paid to settle five civil rights lawsuits filed by witnesses temporarily jailed during the manhunt for Fuentes and and a fellow suspect. One of the beneficiaries was Fuentes' wife, who was held for five days and got a $550,000 settlement. Federal consent decrees . . .

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