October 23, 2013 at 7:49 AM
Clark County to borrow $10M to settle wrongful-conviction case
The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Clark County will borrow $10 million to pay a settlement to two men who spent 17 years in prison, wrongly convicted of rape.
The Columbian reports the county settled with 57-year-old Larry Davis, of Vancouver, and 49-year-old Alan Northrop, of Woodland, to end a federal lawsuit. County commissioners approved terms of the loan Tuesday.
The county wasn’t insured in 1993 when the two were convicted of raping a woman in La Center. Later DNA testing cleared the men, and their lawyers said the county was negligent because a detective failed to check out other leads in the case.
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