Man Wrongfully Imprisoned For 40 Years Sues Police Who Framed Him

A man who spent nearly 40 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit has sued the Cleveland police officers whom he says framed him in 1975.

With 39 years served, Ricky Jackson, 58, is believed to have served the longest prison sentence in U.S. history for someone wrongfully convicted.

He initially was sentenced to death as an 18-year-old for the slaying of a businessman outside a corner store in Cleveland. It later became a life sentence.

He was freed in November after the prosecution's star witness, who was 13 at the time, stepped forward to recant his testimony. The witness says police coerced him into identifying Jackson and two others. The other men, two brothers, also have been exonerated.

Jackson filed the federal lawsuit Tuesday.

In March, the Court of Claims entered a request that paid Jackson just more than $1 million from the State Controlling Board after his exoneration.



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