NYC Awards $10M to Wrongly Convicted Black Man

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After spending nearly 30 years in prison for a rape and robbery he did not commit, Mark Denny reached a settlement with New York City for nearly $10 million. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer approved the settlement to avoid a potential $50 million lawsuit against the city and the New York Police Department (NYPD). 

Stringer agreed to pay Denny a $9.75 million settlement, according to records obtained by The New York Post through the Freedom of Information Law. As part of the settlement, which Denny signed on May 24, he agreed to surrender his right to sue the city and hold the NYPD accountable for his arrest and imprisonment. 

Comptroller spokeswoman Hazel Crampton-Hays told The North Star that the settlement was “in the best interest of the city.” The spokeswoman did not provide further details about the case.

Denny was 17 when…

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