Rodriguez Awarded $5 Million

George Rodriguez who served 17 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted by false City of Houston crime lab evidence was awarded $5 million by a jury.

A federal jury on Thursday awarded $5 million to a Houston man who spent 17 years in prison for a kidnapping and rape he did not commit, finding the city should pay for its “deliberate indifference” to problems at the crime lab whose false evidence secured the conviction.

I tend to agree with Rodriguez

“Ain’t no amount of money is going to even my scale,” Rodriguez said after hearing the verdict. “I lost my dad and my girls have been through hell. I am grateful, but no money could replace what I lost.”

Yet, Arturo Michel at the City’s legal office is still looking for something to win on appeal.

As I mentioned earlier this week, it is time for leadership, and it is time for the leadership to cease and desist and settle this case once and for all.  To blame the employee solely, while shirking any responsibility that the employee represented the City of Houston at the time is just plain wrong, and even borders on inhumane.

DosCentavos hopes that Mr. Rodriguez can get his life back on track.  And given the several men were wrongfully convicted, the City’s legal office should not waste time in finding meaningul settlements to the cases.

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