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San Francisco to pay $13.1 million to man framed for murder

A man who spent more than six years in prison after police framed him for murder is expected to receive a USD 13.1 million settlement from city of San Francisco. The Board of Supervisors has scheduled a vote to approve the payment to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Jamal Trulove. Trulove was an aspiring actor and hip-hop artist when he was arrested in the 2007 murder of his friend and neighbour in a low-income housing project. A jury convicted him of murder in 2010 and he was sentenced to life in prison. An appeals court overturned the conviction in 2014 and ordered a new trial. He was acquitted in a 2015 retrial. Three years later, Trulove sued the police department and four officers, claiming they fabricated evidence, coerced a key eyewitness and withheld vital information that may have exonerated Trulove. A federal jury last year determined the two lead homicide detectives had violated Trulove s civil rights and awarded him USD 14.5 million. Trulove accepted the USD 13.1 ...

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