61 Years in Prison;|L.A. Pays $24.3 Million

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved payment of $24.3 million to two men who spent decades in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murders.
     The City Council voted in closed session to pay $16.7 million to Kash Register and $7.6 million to Bruce Lisker.
     Register, who is black, spent 34 years in jail for the murder 79-year-old Jack Sasson in West Los Angeles. He sued Los Angeles Police Department investigators in Federal Court in 2014, claiming they fabricated evidence against him.
     Register has maintained his innocence since he was arrested in 1979, when he 18.
     Lisker, who is white, filed a federal complaint against the city in 2009 after spending 26 years in prison for the murder of his mother, Dorka Lisker. Arrested at 17 on the day of the murder, he was 44 years old when he was released.
     His too said that police and prosecutors secured his conviction based on false and fabricated evidence .

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