Jails and Prisons
Wrongfully convicted New York man reaches $4.75-million settlement

A New York man who spent 18 years in prison for murder he did not commit will receive a $4.75-million settlement from the state, the largest award for a wrongful conviction in New York history.  Fernando Bermudez was arrested in a 1991 shooting and convicted the next year of second-degree murder, but a judge in 2009 declared him innocent after several witnesses recanted their testimony.  Bermudez filled a claim  in 2010 under a New York statute that compensates innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted of a crime. The settlement was reached in late November but not released publicly until this week. "Of course, the settlement will never erase the...