Brooklyn man sues city for $162 million after spending 24 years behind bars for a murder he didn't commit
- Jonathan Fleming's attorneys said they hoped the city would settle the suit quickly
- Fleming released after prosecutors admitted to having evidence that confirmed he was not at the scene of the crime
- Second man wrongfully convicted under former Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes to sue
09:28 EST, 16 June 2014
09:32 EST, 16 June 2014
A Brooklyn man who spent 24 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder plans to sue the city for $162 million.
Jonathan Fleming's lawyers told the New York Post that the hope was for the city to quickly settle the suit.
Taylor Koss said that was a reasonable expectation given the city's
history with suits like the one from David Ranta, who spent 23 years in
prison after he was wrongfully convicted of murdering a rabbi.
Jonathan Fleming, who was exonerated of murder
after almost 25 years behind bars, has filed suit against the city for
Both Ranta and Fleming's cases occurred on the watch of Charles Hynes, Brooklyn's former district attorney.
Ranta got $6.4 million in a settlement from the city two months after filing suit for $150 million.
Fleming's case, the 51-year-old was finally set free after prosecutors
admitted they had a receipt placing Fleming at a Florida hotel not far
from Disney World at the time of the 1989 murder of Darryl Rush in
Jonathan Fleming hugs attorney Anthony Mayol
while his other attorney Taylor Koss applauds in Brooklyn's Supreme
court, after a judge declared him a free man
He was convicted that year and spent the following 24 years and 8 months incarcerated.
The conviction was vacated by Judge Matthew D’Emic Tuesday citing a 'careful and thorough review of this
case, and based on key alibi facts that place Fleming in Florida at the
time of the murder.'
'The truth is, he’s been struggling,' Koss
said. 'This money is important to him so he can establish his life
Edited by Alias_Avi - Jun 16 2014 at 4:40pm