The Ninth Circuit court of appeals has reinstated a $9-million jury award in the case of a man who was falsely accused of molesting his children. The case against him appears to have been entirely fabricated by a Sheriff's deputy. She repeatedly contradicted the alleged victims' actual statements in her reports and even made up quotes and attributed it to them. It was a frame-up.
Ruddy Quezada didn't commit the 1993 drive-by shooting he was convicted of. He has always maintained his innocence, but he has spent nearly 24 years in prison for it.
The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled that exonerees are entitled to the return of conviction-related costs and any restitution they've paid, and that they don't have to affirmatively prove their innocence in order to qualify. This is not a case involving monetary compensation for the undue hardship an innocent person endures in prison -- here, the money the exonerees are seeking is the money they were charged in court costs and fees, or that they have paid in restitution to someone else's victim.