NSB wins biggest wrongful conviction jury verdict in U.S. history

A federal jury has returned a $36 million verdict for John Restivo and Dennis Halstead, who spent eighteen years in prison for a 1984 rape and murder before DNA testing proved their innocence. The jury concluded that Nassau County Detective Joseph Volpe, now deceased, had planted hairs and hid evidence suggesting Mr. Restivo’s and Mr. Halstead’s innocence to secure a conviction. The verdict is the biggest jury award ever achieved in a wrongful conviction case.

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