News 01.05.10

Supreme Court Dismisses Prosecutorial Misconduct Case

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a case on the limits of prosecutorial immunity yesterday after two wrongfully convicted defendants announced that they had settled their lawsuit against Iowa prosecutors.

Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee spent 26 years in Iowa prisons for a murder evidence shows they didn’t commit before they were freed in 2003. They were suing prosecutors in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, for allegedly coercing false testimony and fabricating evidence to convict them.

The Supreme Court was considering whether the prosecutors should be immune from civil lawsuits, but dismissed the case yesterday after the two parties announced a $12 million settlement.


Read more:

Christian Science Monitor:

Supreme Court Drops Key Case on Limits of Immunity for Prosecutors

LA Times:

Prosecutor Conduct Case Before Supreme Court is Settled




Previous coverage of this case on the Innocence Blog

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