Los Angeles pays $24million to 2 men wrongly convicted, spent decades behind bars

Two men who were wrongfully convicted of murder and then spent decades behind bars have been awarded a combined $24million in compensation.

Los Angeles City Council have awarded the payout to Kash Register and Bruce Lisker, who were both suing the city for being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit citing bungling police investigations.

The council voted to pay $16.7million to Register and $7.6million to Lisker, who had filed a unrelated but similar lawsuit.

Kash Register, who has been awarded $16.7million in compensation from the City of Los Angeles after he was convicted of a murder he did not commit. He is pictured after being told he would be freed in 2013

City Councilman Paul Krekorian defended the payouts saying the move was the right thing to do and will save taxpayers’ money in the long run.

Register, who has always maintained his innocence, served over 34 years in jail for the shooting of 78-year-old Jack Sasson at his home in west LA in 1979.

In 2013, a judge overturned his conviction, saying police ignored the sister of the sole eyewitness to the killing, who said the woman was lying.

After learning of his payout, Register said in a statement: ‘I can’t get these 34 years back, but I hope my case can help make things, better for other, through improving the way police get identifications or other reforms.

His attorney, Nick Brustin added: ‘The City of Los Angeles really stepped up and did the right thing here.

‘They recognized that Kash was the victim of a horrible injustice, and that if a jury saw the evidence of misconduct that led to his wrongful conviction, the award could easily have been several times greater.’

Also receiving a $7.6million payout is Bruce Lisker, pictured, who spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his mother Dorka 

Meanwhile Lisker, who had a history of drug abuse and fighting with his mother, was imprisoned for over 26 years for the murder of his mother, Dorka.

He was 17 when she was killed in 1983 and claimed he showed up at her house, saw her on the floor through a window, broke in and tried to help her.

However, police contended it would have been impossible to see her through the window and said a bloody shoe print at the scene belonged to Lisker.

In 2005, a Los Angeles Times investigation showed that a new analysis of the print showed it was not made by him.

His conviction was overturned in 2009 and he was released from jail.

After learning of his payout, Lisker said: ‘Finally, after more than 30 years of fighting to establish my innocence and to vindicate my rights, this painful chapter of my life has been brought to a close.’

Source: The DailyMail

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