Larry Smith from Detroit, Michigan, spent 26 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
In 1994 he was wrongfully convicted for a murder he was not involved in. In February 2021, he was cleared, as the district attorney confirmed that “there was no conclusive evidence that Smith was involved in this crime.” Detectives later said that one of the informants admitted to lying when he testified against Smith because he wanted to gain favor with police.
In February 2022, Smith sought $1.3 million in damages and filed a lawsuit against the police and prosecutors who handled his case. Smith charged them with unlawful detention, fabricated evidence, and malicious prosecution.
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
“This compensation for Mr. Smith is very important, not simply because of the monetary amount, but because it allows him the resources that he so desperately needs to get the mental health care that he needs,” said Jarrett Adams, Smith’s attorney.
“We found that the Detroit Police Department’s informant was unreliable as well as the testimony of a key witness,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.
The Detroit News
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against wrongful convictions and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the victim.