Man settles first suit over false imprisonment; Broward Sheriff...

A $2.2 million settlement Thursday evening ended Jerry Frank Townsend's battle with the city of Miami after being falsely convicted of murder and rape and spending more than two decades in prison. Full Story
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Oakland Park

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 May 9, 2008
BSO sucks!
SAD

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4 May 9, 2008
The man deserves every dime he can get and BSO needs to pay double. Too bad it is the tax payers that will pay, they should give him the pensions of the officers and eveyone else that was involved!! Let them suffer now....
right wing

Jupiter, FL

#5 May 10, 2008
wonder how bad the atty feels for her client. perhaps she'l feel better on payday.. turn on your police scanner miss hayer, an accident just occurred.
Yea BiGgiEs

Bangkok, Thailand

#6 May 10, 2008
Whats most insulting or shall I say "ads insult to injury" is how these law enforcement and government agencies vigorously defend and fight tooth and nail. They need to give up already and admit wrong doing and unlawful arrests.
jockstrap

Hialeah, FL

#7 May 10, 2008
the ' elite ' road patrol, they were loser's then and they are loser's now.
Holly

United States

#8 May 10, 2008
Why would MDPD spend $800,000 defending the lawsuit when there's DNA evidence showing that they had the wrong guy?

It's a waste of money, and just plain wrong to try to continue to keep a guy in jail for something you KNOW he didn't do.
Harry Nutz

Delray Beach, FL

#10 May 10, 2008
I hope he wins against BSO to and his rewards should be TAX FREE!!!
PAY UP

Hialeah, FL

#11 May 10, 2008
girly wrote:
...its always "Suspect refuses to 'COOPERATE' with police. Bad suspect, bad suspect.." when you hear that on the news. I'd prefer to say "Suspect refuses to participate in his own lynching.." And given the above occurrence, WHY would somebody want to "cooperate."
But awarding $1mil per year in prison is excessive in that this guy has/would have had no economic viability to begin with because he's mentally retarded, ergo, not much loss of income. Any award is probably just going to be put in the hands of family members for the purchase of a new SUV which the suspect may get to ride in every once in awhile, or at least wave at.
So no, a $2.2 million verdict for someone who is mentally retarded to begin with, is about all that's necessary. And probably too much. He probably would have ended up in state care anyway as an adult were he not convicted. Either way, a taxpayer burden, the only difference is the quality of the meals served.
You must have a serious problem with retarded people or the underachievers. If a person is wrongly accused of a crime and did the time than that person should be compensated. After all he spent 22 yrs in prison working for the Gov. Because prisons are a GOV entity and the prison system even receives funds from the Fed’s per head on a pillow that is why they don’t care about locking people up and keeping them there. The longer the better . It’s more money for that particular prison camp. And this is why MR. Christ does not care about early releases on non violent crimes

“WHEN YOU’RE WRONG YOU’RE WRONG”
jack

Bradenton, FL

#12 May 10, 2008
Pay the man. This makes you wonder how many others are in prison who should'nt be there.
AUDIO

Pompano Beach, FL

#13 May 10, 2008
The good news is while he was locked up he could not commit any crime.
Republicans Are Scum

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 May 10, 2008
girly wrote:
...its always "Suspect refuses to 'COOPERATE' with police. Bad suspect, bad suspect.." when you hear that on the news. I'd prefer to say "Suspect refuses to participate in his own lynching.." And given the above occurrence, WHY would somebody want to "cooperate."
But awarding $1mil per year in prison is excessive in that this guy has/would have had no economic viability to begin with because he's mentally retarded, ergo, not much loss of income. Any award is probably just going to be put in the hands of family members for the purchase of a new SUV which the suspect may get to ride in every once in awhile, or at least wave at.
So no, a $2.2 million verdict for someone who is mentally retarded to begin with, is about all that's necessary. And probably too much. He probably would have ended up in state care anyway as an adult were he not convicted. Either way, a taxpayer burden, the only difference is the quality of the meals served.
Spoken like a true "Compassionate Conservative."
PAY UP

Hialeah, FL

#15 May 10, 2008
AUDIO wrote:
The good news is while he was locked up he could not commit any crime.
You know what else is Good news? YOU’RE going to help pay for this blunder . Now don’t do anything rash.
Another lawyer

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#16 May 10, 2008
There is no "generally" Ms. Heyer. You get what a jury awards. You are not going to spook them with such absurd pronouncements.
quick comment

Hollywood, FL

#18 May 10, 2008
If we make mistakes ...we pay.
If the police makes mistakes ...we pay.
Isn't there something not adding right in our system? we're going down brother ...
Fat Al

Pompano Beach, FL

#19 May 10, 2008
Lawyers - yuck

Since: Mar 08

Lake Worth, FL

#20 May 10, 2008
Holly wrote:
Why would MDPD spend $800,000 defending the lawsuit when there's DNA evidence showing that they had the wrong guy?
It's a waste of money, and just plain wrong to try to continue to keep a guy in jail for something you KNOW he didn't do.
It was not MDPD paying the $800,000;BSO is"The Sheriff's Office has spent more than $800,000 over seven years defending against the case, agency records show. Regardless of the Miami settlement, the agency had no plans to give up.
"though point still the same,BSO needs to admit they we're wrong,and bite the bullet.
kim

Burnsville, NC

#21 May 10, 2008
AUDIO wrote:
The good news is while he was locked up he could not commit any crime.

You don't get it, do you? Townsend wasn't the killer. They left the real killer out on the streets for years and the monster kept on raping and killing. Haven't you heard of Frank Lee Smith, framed by the same cops for killing an 8 year old girl who was murdered by Mosley. Smith died in prison and was later exonerated by DNA evidence.
kim

Burnsville, NC

#22 May 10, 2008
Another lawyer wrote:
There is no "generally" Ms. Heyer. You get what a jury awards. You are not going to spook them with such absurd pronouncements.
You must work for BSO.
Susan

West Palm Beach, FL

#23 May 10, 2008
This is what cops do: they DON'T solve crimes, they find a suspect who can't defend himself and they build a case against him by doctoring evidence and making it fit the crime. Than they call it case solved and walk away.

Until the money comes out of the individual cop's bank account and'or they spend the same time in prison that the falsely accused had to spend before being freed...it will go on and on. Of course the agency should still have to pay, since that's the only place where there is some real money. But the cops who do this need to be punished and punished hard.

The only bright side of this is that Ken Jenne who condoned and encouraged this behavior during his tenure as sheriff is now behind bars and has lost his pension. Unfortunately, Jenne is not being punished for his part in "building cases" for which he was never prosecuted.

Now, if they could only sue Jenne to get back the salary & benefits he was paid during his time as sheriff and hurt Jenne and his family to the max....maybe we might see an end to this horrible practice. Cops need to learn to solve crimes....NOT just build cases.
Joseph

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#24 May 10, 2008
The cops and lawyers that participated in this case should all go to jail for the same amount of time and foget the payout. Law enforcement always thinks they are above the law. Always acting on their own personnel motives. Real heroes huh

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