NEWTON V. CITY OF NEW YORK
$18,592,000 - 9th largest general verdict and largest civil rights verdict in New York State in 2010.
Alan Newton was released from prison on July 6, 2006, after more than twenty-two years of incarceration for a rape and assault that DNA testing proved he did not commit.
For twelve of those years, Newton repeatedly requested access to a rape kit that contained the ultimately exonerating DNA to no avail - not because Newton was not entitled to the rape kit, but because the New York City Police Department could not find it. The jury, after a 3 and ½ week trial, awarded Mr. Newton a total of $18 million in damages against the City of New York for 12 years of wrongful incarceration; the jury also awarded Mr. Newton $500,000 and $92,000 against two senior police officers for separately “intentionally inflicting emotional distress” upon Mr. Newton.