By: Martha Neil
Wrongfully convicted of murdering a rabbi in 1994, a high-school dropout who served 16 years before being exonerated due largely to his own pro se legal work from prison has won one of the largest settlements in New York City history.
Now represented by a lawyer, Jabbar Collins, 42, is to get $10 million from the city to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit that was on the verge of trial. A separate state-court lawsuit against New York state was settled last month for $3 million, according to the New York Daily News and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).
Attorney Joel Rudin, who represents Collins, says the $13 million total ties the record amount for a wrongfully convicted defendant in New York City, reports the Associated Press. Read the rest of this entry »