Recently released Cleveland resident Ricky Jackson was awarded just over $1 million dollars, in an initial payment, for 39 years of wrongful imprisonment. Mr. Jackson, along with brothers Wiley Bridgeman and Kwame Ajamu (formerly Ronnie Bridgeman), was convicted of murdering Harold Franks and injuring Anna Robinson in 1975. Mr. Ajamu spent over 25 years in prison prior to his release in 2003. All three men were exonerated after the key witness in the case, Eddie Vernon who was then just 12 years old, recanted his testimony in Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court in November 2014. According to various sources, to date, Ricky Jackson has served the longest prison term of any wrongfully imprisoned American. The case is not over yet however. The Court must consider Mr. Jackson’s lost wages and attorney’s fees when determining the remainder of his award and that could be complicated since he was only 18 years old at the time of incarceration. Mr. Bridgeman and Mr. Ajamu also have a case pending with the Ohio Court of Claims.
Julie Jordan and her adult son, Jeremy Tomlinson, allege they were assaulted by Ohio Highway Patrol Officers after a concert at Crew Stadium in Columbus the summer of 2011. They are asking for more than $25,000 in damages. According to mother and son, after they were in an altercation with another concert attendee, they were walking to their car in the parking lot and highway patrol officers attacked them from behind for no apparent reason. Some of the allegations by mother and son include assault, false arrest, and invasion of privacy. The trial will begin on Monday, March 30th and is expected to last 5 days. Those interested may view the proceedings live via The Ohio Channel.