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Lawmakers OK $968,400 for 3 wrongful convictions
Lawmakers OK $968,400 for 3 wrongful convictions

The Assembly on Monday approved legislation that would pay $968,400 to settle claims by three people who were erroneously convicted of crimes, including Brian Banks, a former football star at Polytechnic High School in Long Beach who spent five years in prison before a young girl recanted her accusation that he raped her. Banks would get $142,000 under the proposed settlement after a court issued a finding of factual innocence in his case. Banks was 16 in 2003, when a 15-year-old classmate, Wanetta Gibson, accused him of raping her. Banks insisted then that his sexual contact with his classmate in a school building was consensual. However, he took his attorney’s advice to plead...

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