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Michigan man awarded $3.5 million for wrongful imprisonment

Michigan man awarded $3.5 million for wrongful imprisonment
Posted at 4:56 PM, Jul 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-30 17:33:23-04

A federal jury awarded a man $3.5 million against a Detroit police officer for wrongfully arresting, imprisoning and jailing the wrong person for 15 days.

According to a release, with the addition of interest and sanctions, the verdict will exceed $4.5 Million, making it the largest verdict for wrongful imprisonment ever in the state of Michigan.

Marvin Seales was not the person named in the criminal warrant, said Seales' lawyer James Harrington of The Fieger Law Firm.

"Mr. Seales informed the police of the misidentification and the police ignored him while Mr. Seales rotted in a jail cell," Harrington said. "The police could have easily corrected their mistake by simply examining the Lien computer system."