DETROIT (AP) — Arbitrators have awarded about $10 million to a Detroit-area man who spent more than 16 years in prison before two murder convictions were overturned.
Mubarez Ahmed insisted he was wrongly convicted of a 2001 double homicide in Detroit. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office in 2018 acknowledged that the convictions were fueled by false testimony and other problems.READ MORE: MDOT Update: Ramp Closures On I-94, I-275 As Part Of Rebuilding I-275 Project
Ahmed was released from prison that same year and subsequently sued Detroit police, saying his rights were violated.
A panel of three arbitrators, all former judges, awarded $9.95 million Friday, attorney Wolf Mueller said.READ MORE: Shifting Ground Prompts Utility To Shut Down Gas Main In Southwest Detroit
Ahmed and attorneys for Detroit had agreed that the decision would be binding on both sides.
Ahmed’s convictions were investigated by private eye Scott Lewis and the Innocence Clinic at University of Michigan law school.
“This was a really weak case. … An eyewitness ID was the entire case against him. There was no other evidence,” clinic director David Moran said in 2018. “She described the shooter as someone of a different race than Ahmed, and there was also an obvious suspect who wasn’t investigated.”MORE NEWS: Lawsuit Seeks $1M After Michigan Teacher Cuts Girl's Hair
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