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176. $10 Million for 20 Years
An innocent man spent 20 years in jail.
got out when he was 58. Two years
, New York City awarded him $10 million. Alan
been convicted of murdering a woman. He hadn’t
that woman. He hadn’t murdered anyone. He was
. A cop had murdered the woman. That cop
testified that Alan murdered the woman. The jury
the cop. Everyone trusts cops. The cop later
to jail. Alan said getting out of jail
the happiest day of his life. He thought
was going to die there. “It’s terrible to
locked up for something you didn’t do,” he
. “It’s terrible when nobody believes you.” Alan was
with the award. But he said nothing would
make him happier than getting out of jail.
even $10 million. “The money is real nice,”
said, “but nothing compares to freedom.”