Thursday, July 26, 2007

U.S. must pay $101.7 million to men framed by FBI

A federal judge ordered the United States government to pay more than $101 million in the case of four men who spent just short of three decades in prison for a 1965 murder they didn't commit after the FBI sacrificed them for what they presumed to be the "greater good" -- taking down the mafia -- by withholding evidence.

I can't think of anything worse than being convicted for a crime I did not commit and wasting the best part of my life behind bars.
That $101.7 million will benefit Peter Limone and Joseph Salvati's children and grandchildren but it hardly makes up for 29 years of life they can never get back.

"No lost liberty is dispensable. We have fought wars over this principle. We are still fighting these wars." -- U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner

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