On this day in 1862, Pres. Lincoln signs legislation to create the Medal of Honor.
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Julie K. Brown and David Smiley report New victims come forward as Epstein asks to be released from jail to his Manhattan mansion:
At least a dozen new victims have come forward to claim they were sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein even as the multimillionaire money manager tries to convince a federal judge to allow him to await a sex trafficking trial from the comfort of the same $77 million Manhattan mansion where he’s accused of luring teenage girls into unwanted sex acts.
Following Epstein’s arrest Saturday in New Jersey, four women have reached out to New York lawyer David Boies, and at least 10 other women have approached other lawyers who have represented dozens of Epstein’s alleged victims in the past.
Jack Scarola, a Palm Beach attorney, said at least five women, all of whom were minors at the time of their alleged encounters with Epstein, have reached out to either him or Fort Lauderdale lawyer Brad Edwards.
Alison Dirr and Bruce Vielmetti report Settlement calls for Milwaukee to pay $7.5 million to man convicted based on bogus bite mark evidence:
The City of Milwaukee would pay $7.5 million to a man wrongfully incarcerated for 24 years based on bogus bite mark evidence, under a resolution before the Common Council.
Robert Lee Stinson, 54, agreed to settle his claims against the city and one of its former police detectives for an initial payment of $3.5 million in August and $4 million in January, the resolution states.
The settlement was reached after about eight days in a jury trial over his claims that detectives and dentists conspired to frame him in his neighbor’s homicide using the bite mark evidence.
“Mr. Stinson waited a very long time for this trial — 34 years since his arrest and nearly 10 years since filing his civil rights lawsuit seeking redress for his wrongful conviction,” said Heather Lewis Donnell, one of his attorneys with the Chicago law firm Loevy & Loevy.
“Over the course of the week-and-half trial, the jury heard very powerful and moving testimony that convinced all sides that substantial compensation was in order. This is certainly the largest wrongful conviction settlement that Milwaukee has ever seen and one of the largest civil rights settlements as well.”
The city’s largest prior payout for wrongful conviction was $6.5 million to Chante Ott, who spent 13 years in prison for a homicide actually committed by serial killer Walter Ellis.
(Twenty-four years lost from official use of junk science. The most developed society in the world and yet these men relied on little more than voodoo.)