FEDERAL JURY AWARDS $75 MILLION TO TWO BROTHERS WHO WERE WRONGLY CONVICTED OF RAPE AND MURDER.
Written by miebaka ikiriko on May 20, 2021
Federal Jury has awarded Seventy-five million Dollars to two brothers in North Carolina decades after they were convicted of rape and murder they did not commit.
Leon Brown and Henry Mc Collum were arrested in 1983 and spent nearly thirty-one years in prison before the half brothers were exonerated in 2014.
Observers say the award is significant because not all exonerees in the United States are guaranteed compensation, pointing out that the Federal Government, Washington DC and only thirty-five States have some form of restitution laws.
They further noted that like many exonerees around the Country, Brown and Mc Collum opted to file a Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against the government agencies involved in their wrongful convictions saying that the process takes years and it is challenging to win.
Last week, a Federal Jury decided that Brown and Mc Collum should be compensated for their time in prison, nearly six years after filing a lawsuit in a Federal Court.
The duo were arrested and charged in 1983 with the rape and murder of eleven-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs, North Carolina.