Black Man Exonerated in Wrongful Conviction Case Receives Record-Breaking Settlement

Black Man Exonerated in Wrongful Conviction Case Receives Record-Breaking Settlement

George Bell, a Black man who was wrongfully convicted for a 1996 murder in East Elmhurst, Queens, has received a record-breaking settlement from the city of New York. In 1999, Bell, along with two other men, was convicted for the murder of a check-cashing store owner and an off-duty police officer. However, in 2021, a New York City judge overturned their convictions after it was revealed that prosecutors had concealed evidence that could have cast doubt on their guilt.

Following his exoneration, George Bell has been awarded a settlement of $17.5 million, making it the largest settlement in New York City history. This compensation comes in addition to the nearly $21.9 million he had previously received from the state and city of New York.

Melinda Katz, the district attorney of Queens, played a role in establishing a unit that reviews potential wrongful convictions. This unit contributed to the discovery of the withheld evidence in Bell’s case.

The settlement received by George Bell not only acknowledges the injustice he endured but also highlights the need for continued efforts to prevent wrongful convictions and ensure justice for those affected.

 

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