[sixties-l] Former Black Panther get $490,000 for wrongful imprisonment

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Date: 12/09/00

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    Former Black Panther get $490,000 for wrongful imprisonment
    12.08.00 | NEW YORK -- Ending a 25-year legal battle, the city has agreed 
    to pay $490,000 to a former Black Panther who claimed he was wrongly 
    imprisoned for 19 years for the attempted murder of two police officers.
    The settlement with Dhoruba al-Mujahid bin Wahad was reached just before 
    his civil rights lawsuit was to go to trial in federal court Thursday.
    The city admitted no wrongdoing.
    Wahad, known as Richard Moore when he was a field secretary for the 
    Panthers, was charged in 1971 with shooting and wounding two officers whose 
    job was to guard the home of the Manhattan district attorney.
    Wahad's 1973 conviction was overturned in 1990 when a judge ruled that the 
    government had failed to turn over evidence to the defense.
    In the course of his lawsuit, filed in 1975, Wahad obtained more than 
    300,000 pages of FBI documents that he said showed the government's attempt 
    to discredit the Panthers and other groups. The documents, he said, showed 
    that he had been prosecuted maliciously.
    Wahad, 56, has lived in Ghana since he was freed.

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