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Los Angeles to Pay $24 Million to Two Men Imprisoned for Decades After Wrongful Murder Convictions

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $24 million to settle lawsuits from two men who alleged that investigations by dishonest Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) detectives led to their wrongful murder convictions and caused them to spend decades behind bars.

Kash Delano Register, who won his freedom in 2013 after lawyers and students from Loyola Law School cast doubt on the testimony of a key prosecution witness, will receive $16.7 million — the largest settlement in an individual civil rights case in the city’s history, his attorneys said. Bruce Lisker, who was released from prison in 2009 after a Times investigation into his conviction, will get $7.6 million.

Though the cases were unrelated, both men contended that detectives ignored evidence of their innocence and fabricated evidence of their guilt.

City lawyers concerned about the police misconduct allegations recommended the settlements, saying in confidential memos to the City Council obtained by The Times that taking the cases to trial could be even more financially devastating.

“This is an extremely dangerous case,” city attorneys wrote of the Lisker case. And Register’s case was even “more problematic,” they said.

“Today’s action helps make amends for the many years these men will never get back, and for lives that will never be the same,” said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for City Atty. Mike Feuer.

City Councilman Paul Krekorian, who heads the budget committee that weighs settlement payments, said the two cases were the “very unfortunate” result of police misconduct in the past, but did not reflect how the department operates today.  “It’s just regrettable that these two individuals spent the better part of their lives in prison as a result of the inadequacy of the investigations that happened back then,” Krekorian said.

Register, who has always maintained his innocence, spent 34 years in custody after being convicted of the 1979 armed robbery and murder of Jack Sasson, 78.  The case against Register was based on eyewitness testimony. No murder weapon was recovered and none of the fingerprints lifted at the West Los Angeles crime scene matched Register’s. Police seized a pair of his pants that had a speck of blood on them, but the blood type matched both Sasson’s and Register’s. Register’s girlfriend testified that he was with her at the time of the shooting.

A key prosecution witness in the case was Brenda Anderson, who told police she heard gunshots and saw Register sprinting away from the scene. She picked him out of a photo lineup, police said. But Anderson’s sisters said they told police that her account wasn’t true.

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Murder Conviction of California Man Kash Delano Register Overturned After 34 Years in Prison

Kash Register

After spending 34 years behind bars for a 1979 murder he didn’t commit, Kash Delano Register, 53, of Los Angeles, California walked out of jail a free man when a judge overturned his conviction, reports NBC Southern California.  Two sisters of a key witness came forward and admitted that their sibling lied about seeing Register running away from the crime scene.

“He told me he just didn’t know what to feel,” said his attorney Adam Grant, who spoke to him after Thursday’s ruling. “He’s thrilled, excited, just kind of in a daze. He kept shaking his head and saying — ’34 years, 34 years.’”  

Register, who was sentenced to 27 years to life, walked out of jail linking arms with his mother, saying that he was just looking forward to one of her home-cooked meals — his first in more than three decades.  Register was charged with killing 78-year-old Jack Sasson, but when the Loyola Law School’s Project for the Innocent took on the case 2 years ago, their research clearly pointed to his innocence.

“People should look at this and say even when we think we’re doing the best we can, we make mistakes, we make really serious mistakes that affect people’s lives,” said Laurie Levenson, director of Project for the Innocent.  “In this case, the two eyewitnesses, they’re stories didn’t make a lot of sense, there wasn’t any physical evidence and the most important thing, our client, Mr. Register, had said from the beginning he didn’t do it,” Leveson said.

Register was convicted on eye-witness testimony, even though he always said that he was with his girlfriend at the time of the murder.  Speaking to reporters after his release, Register said that he holds no grudges and that everyone makes mistakes. He came up for parole 11 times during his incarceration and was rejected each time. Register believes it’s because he wouldn’t cop a plea.

See NBC news report here.

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