NSB client Jeff Deskovic sets record for largest wrongful conviction jury verdict in U.S. history
A federal jury has awarded Jeffrey Deskovic, who spent 16-and-a-half years wrongfully imprisoned for the rape and murder of a high school classmate before DNA testing proved him innocent, $40 million plus $1.65 million in stipulated lost wages for a total of $41,650,000—the largest wrongful conviction jury verdict in U.S. history. The jury found former Putnam County Senior Investigator Daniel Stephens liable for intentional misconduct, including conspiring to coerce a confession and fabricating evidence. The second-highest wrongful conviction jury verdict was awarded to NSB clients John Restivo and Dennis Halstead in April 2014.
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