D.C. pays largest ever settlement in civil rights case


The Washington, D.C. government announced it will pay $16.6 million to a man who spent 27 years in prison after being framed by two police detectives for the 1981 rape and murder of a local college student.

It's the largest settlement the District of Columbia has made in a civil rights case, according to defense lawyer Peter Neufeld.

DNA testing in 2012 confirmed Ronald Gates was not the killer. Earlier this week, a federal court jury found two retired detectives, Ronald Taylor and Norman Brooks, altered evidence in the case of a Georgetown University student's killing in a way that imposed guilt on Gates, despite him being in jail for a different crime at the time of the murder.

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