Test Case On Prosecutor Immunity Settled For $12 Million


An Iowa wrongful conviction case pending at the Supreme Court has ended in a $12 million settlement, report the Christian Science Monitor. The case had been exepctred to test whether prosecutors who knowingly procure false testimony that leads to a wrongful conviction can be sued for damages.

Two men, Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee, spent nearly 26 years in prison for a murder they didn't commit. They sued prosecutors in Pottawattamie County, Ia. An investigation showed that prosecutors helped assemble false testimony that led to the convictions. The Obama administration and 27 state attorneys general urged the high court to favor immunity for prosecutors because a ruling for the innocent defendants might make prosecutors reluctant to enforce the law aggressively.

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