$3.5M deal in San Francisco wrongful conviction

San Francisco's city attorney recommended the city approve a $3.5 million settlement with a man who spent 18 years in prison for a double slaying before a judge ruled he was wrongly convicted, a newspaper reported.

The city's police commission and Police Chief Greg Suhr have also signed off on the deal with Caramad Conley, which is expected to go before the Board of Supervisors later this month, the San Francisco Chronicle reported over the weekend.

The Chronicle said the board routinely approves such settlements.

Conley was convicted of the 1989 double murder of Roshawn Johnson and Charles Hughes and sentenced to two terms of life without parole in 1994. Prosecutors said the slayings were gang-related.

But San Francisco Superior Court Judge Marla Miller ruled in 2010 that police investigators knew that the prosecutors' star witness, Clifford Polk, lied on the stand about whether he was being paid, but did not disclose it. Polk said Conley confessed to the killings.

Investigators later acknowledged that they were paying Polk, the Chronicle reported.

Miller said the then-40-year-old Conley was denied a fair trial and unconstitutionally convicted.

He was released after prosecutors declined to retry the case, saying key witnesses were dead or unavailable. Polk died in 2008.

Conley filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city in 2012.

A call on Monday to an attorney who represented Conley, Daniel Purcell, was not immediately returned.
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