Jan 20, 2016
Fault Lines Links – LA To Pay $24M To Two Men Wrongfully Imprisoned For Decades
Jan. 20, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, the links today:
- LA approved a $24 million settlement on two lawsuits brought by Kash Delano Register and Bruce Lisker, who both spent decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. Register spend 34 years in jail for armed robbery and murder of Jack Sasson in 1979, and Lisker served 26 years for the murder of his mother. Both men contended that police ignored crucial exculpatory evidence and fabricated evidence of their guilt.
- The trial of NYPD cop Peter Liang accused of recklessly shooting dead unarmed Akai Gurley in a stairwell in November 2014 will start on Thursday. Liang had been patrolling a housing project with a flashlight and gun in hand, with his finger on the trigger, when he says it went off. Liang maintains the shooting was accidental.
- A Utah judge is set to decide whether Susan Hunt should have to accept a $900,000 settlement offer from Saratoga Springs in the death of her son by police in 2014. Darren Hunt was fatally shot by officers while walking around in a costume and holding a samurai sword. His mother does not wish to accept the settlement as it includes a gag clause prohibiting her from talking publicly about the shooting.
- West Penn, PA Officer Melissa Ruch who allegedly fabricated an assault committed against her is preparing for trial. Ruch claimed she was attacked by a man during a traffic stop in August, which prompted a state-wide manhunt for the perpetrator. Investigators later concluded that she made up the entire incident. Ruch faces four misdemeanor charges, with a trial date yet to be set.
- LA Officers responding to a suspected burglary shot dead Alfred Longoria on Saturday after he pointed what appeared to be a gun. It turned out to be a pellet gun.