MO Wrongful Conviction Case Settled for $15.5M
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Missouri man who spent several years in prison on a wrongful conviction of molesting his stepdaughter has reached a $15.5 settlement with city of Lee's Summit.
Ted White said at a news conference Friday he hopes the settlement leads to changes in the criminal justice system.
White was freed in 2005 after a federal court determined his estranged wife and the detective investigating the alleged molestation were having an affair and conspired to get White convicted on false charges.
White's attorneys had been fighting to get Lee's Summit to pay the $16 million a federal jury awarded in 2008 after finding fault with White's ex-wife and the detective. In exchange for being dropped from that lawsuit, the city of Lee's Summit agreed to pay White any judgment against the detective.