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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wrongfully Imprisoned Man

A Brooklyn man who was freed from jail in April after spending 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit plans to sue New York City for $162 million. Jonathan Fleming, 51, was sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1989 murder of Darryl Rush. Fleming, who insisted that he was in Orlando, Fla., at the time, was released after Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson‘s Conviction Review Unit learned that police coerced false testimony out of a crack addict in exchange for a deal.

By filing what’s called a notice of claim, Jonathan Fleming has made a first move toward suing the city over case that put him in prison for nearly 25 years. He was freed and his conviction dismissed in April after the Brooklyn district attorney’s office said it now agrees he had a valid alibi. According to the Associated Press, the city comptroller’s office offered no comment on the matter as of yesterday.

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