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Los Angeles Pays $24M to Two Men Wrongfully Jailed for Decades

Both Kash Register and Bruce Lisker were wrongly convicted of murder in Los Angeles. Yet, they had to spend decades behind bars. Register served over 34 years in jail for the shooting of 78-year-old Jack Sasson at his home in west LA in 1979.

In addition, Register has always maintained his innocence. In 2013, a judge overturned the conviction saying the police ignored the sister of the sole eyewitness, saying she was lying. Both men sued the city of Los Angeles. Register was awarded $16.7 million in compensation. Lisker was awarded $7.6 million.

Register said, "I can't get these 34 years back, but I hope my case can help make things, better for other, through improving the way police get identifications and other reforms."

His attorney, Nick Brustin, said "The City of Los Angeles really stepped up and did the right thing here. They recognized that Kash was the victim of a horrible injustice, and that if a jury saw the evidence of misconduct that led to his wrongful conviction, the award could easily have been several times greater."

Lisker, who had a history of drug abuse and fighting with his mother, was jailed for 26 years for the murder of his mother, Dorka. He was 17 when she was killed in 1983. He broke in the house to try to help her. In 2009, his conviction was overturned when a Los Angeles Times investigation showed a new analysis of a print that was not made by him.

Lisker said, "Finally, after more than 30 years of fighting to establish my innocence and vindicate my rights, this painful chapter of my life has been brought to a close."

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