Gay man wrongfully imprisoned for 11 years gets $13 million pay out

  • metta

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    Mar 09, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    Gay man wrongfully imprisoned for 11 years gets $13 million pay out

    A gay man who spent 11 and a half years in prison after being falsely accused of murder will receive one of the largest payouts for wrongful imprisonment in US history

    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/gay-man-wrongfully-imprisoned-11-years-gets-13-million-pay-out090313
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    Mar 09, 2013 2:46 AM GMT
    It's about time the wrongfully accused get paid an amount high enough to retire, because nobody is going to hire them for anything after being out of the system that long.
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    Mar 09, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    SERIOUSLY? The officers are retired with full benefits? I would of stripped to retired officers of their benefits and made them work to pay the victim's 13.2 million.
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    Mar 09, 2013 5:00 AM GMT
    Can I be wrongfully imprisoned for about one month or $100,000...whichever comes first?
  • Medjai

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    Mar 09, 2013 5:03 AM GMT
    What does his sexuality have to do with anything?
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    Mar 09, 2013 5:05 AM GMT
    I thought the largest payout was 15 mill??

    Stephen Slevin

    http://voices.yahoo.com/prisoner-solitary-years-calls-state-monitoring-12046621.html?cat=17
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    Mar 09, 2013 5:10 AM GMT
    Medjai saidWhat does his sexuality have to do with anything?


    That was explained in the story
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    Mar 09, 2013 5:10 AM GMT
    Anocxu saidI thought the largest payout was 15 mill??

    Stephen Slevin

    http://voices.yahoo.com/prisoner-solitary-years-calls-state-monitoring-12046621.html?cat=17


    It says one of the largest, not the largest.
  • Kairr

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    Mar 09, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
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  • Medjai

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    Mar 09, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    metta8 said
    Medjai saidWhat does his sexuality have to do with anything?


    That was explained in the story


    It explained that his claimed sexuality was a potential exonerating factor... Still don't see why it's relevant in the headline.
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    Mar 09, 2013 6:15 AM GMT
    Where did they get the $13 million from?
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    Mar 09, 2013 6:43 AM GMT
    I hope they find her real murderer.
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    Mar 09, 2013 6:53 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's about time the wrongfully accused get paid an amount high enough to retire, because nobody is going to hire them for anything after being out of the system that long.


    very true
    life & career is destroyed once you go behind the jail bars
    everyone leaves you
  • stratavos

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    Mar 09, 2013 7:07 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt's about time the wrongfully accused get paid an amount high enough to retire, because nobody is going to hire them for anything after being out of the system that long.


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    Mar 09, 2013 4:19 PM GMT
    I would certainly like to think that in the past decade the idea of someone looking 'gay like' has passed and that more substantial facts are used to base their case.

    What's even more frustrating is that the investigators are not the only ones at fault here. This man had a 'week long trial' meaning he was represented by an attorney, prosecuted by a district attorney in a trial overseen by a judge and convicted by a jury of 12 of YOUR peers. How could a jury not have some questions about some of these facts? To me, it's amazing given what the article says that this man was prosecuted and convicted in the first place.
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    Mar 09, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    Gym_bull saidSERIOUSLY? The officers are retired with full benefits? I would of stripped to retired officers of their benefits and made them work to pay the victim's 13.2 million.
    You are absolutely right.
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    Mar 09, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    metta8 said
    Medjai saidWhat does his sexuality have to do with anything?


    That was explained in the story


    It explained that his claimed sexuality was a potential exonerating factor... Still don't see why it's relevant in the headline.


    It's relevant by way of being of interest to a gay readership since it appears in a GLBT publication, and is similarly cited in a post here - a gay social networking website. You're logged onto a GAY website. That may not seem relevant to you but it might explain a whole lot and help you avoid further confusing posts here about gay men, or news stories in the gay press. They tend to cover ... well...gay people and gay related stories.

    And as for your editorial modifier - "claimed sexuality" - I'm guessing you think he might have played that card to his advantage but might not be gay. To whit, you are now officially the most confusing young man ever to "claim" he's gay and in a monogamous relationship that I've ever encountered. Why in the world are you on RJ? Not that you don't belong, but what does it give you other than agita? You suspect the claims of almost all GLBT folks in news reports about discrimination and you think that acquitted criminals use the gay card to get out of jail. Your caveats are always suspicious in nature and entirely untrusting of a world view that includes being gay as being relevant in any way whatsoever. It's near Panglossian the way your mind works - as if all was suspect in this most suspect of all possible sexual orientations.
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    Mar 09, 2013 4:42 PM GMT
    GayStarNewsAyers’ lawyers, Russell Ainsworth and Rachel Steinback of civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law also allege that an anti-gay bias by the investigating police officers contributed to their singling him out as a suspect.

    A February 9, 2000 police report written by Cleveland Police Department Officer Denise Kovach repeatedly ponders Ayers and Ayers’ friends’ sexuality.

    ‘This male appeared very “gay” like, but when we asked him if he was gay, he laughed and stated no .... But this male acted very 'gay like', also had candles lit up around his house and religious statues and holy water in cups,’ the officer wrote.

    ‘[Friend] Ken Smith is also a hairdresser and dressed and sat like a gay male. Note: David Ayres [sic] gives quite an impression of also being gay.’

    Ayers’ lawsuit argued that the investigating officers, ‘had no reason to suspect Mr. Ayers of having murdered Ms. Brown,’ but had pursued him as their suspect anyway.

    ‘Ayers was innocent and had nothing to do with the crime. Moreover, as a gay man, Mr. Ayers did not fit the profile of the killer in the case, given the obvious sexual nature in which the victim had been attacked. Nevertheless, [the officers] ... became resolved to prove that Mr. Ayers committed the crime.’

    During the week long trial in 2000 one of the investigating officers, Denise Kovach, had argued that the pubic hair in Brown’s mouth had not been relevant evidence to disqualify Ayers because ‘pubic hairs are everywhere.’


    It comes across to me that, possibly, the police were at first documenting (through their reports) Ayers' and his colleague's alleged behavior as part of the the rationale for ruling him out as a suspect, but then went ahead and targeted him anyway, explaining away the incongruity of the sexual assault with the argument that the pubic hairs could have come from anywhere.

    For the police, it could be getting another black man in prison (in this case, his "crime" being the last person to see her alive) to satisfy their desired quota of closed cases overrode logically pursuing the investigation far enough to clear him.