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Man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years sues detectives

In March, the state of Ohio paid plaintiff Ricky Jackson, now 58, just over $1 million in compensation for the decades he spent in prison.

A man who spent nearly 40 years in prison for a murder he did not commit filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the city of Cleveland and the police officers whom he says helped frame him in 1975.

Ricky Jackson was convicted at age 18 along with two others because of the testimony of a 12-year-old boy. Jackson, 58, was exonerated in November after that witness, a man now in his early 50s, recanted his testimony.

The witness, Eddie Vernon, said in 2013 that police detectives threatened to put his parents in jail and coerced him into implicating Jackson and brothers Wiley and Ronnie Bridgeman in the slaying of salesman Harold Franks outside a corner store.

Source: Man wrongly imprisoned for nearly 40 years sues detectives

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