Man Framed for Murder Gets $6.4 Million From NYC

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ONE TIME USE ONLY!!!    NEED PERMISSION FOR USE.  8/14/1990 - David Ranta, suspect in the murder of Rabbi Chaskel Werzberger, being led out of 90th Precinct. Left with mustache is Detective Stephen Chmil and right is Detective Louis Scarcella. Photo by Alan Zale sack 902030  NYTCREDIT: Alan Zale
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In what lawyers described as a "groundbreaking" decision, the Office of the New York City Comptroller has settled a lawsuit for $6.4 million without even getting the city's legal department involved – and with good reason. David Ranta, 58, filed a $150 million lawsuit last year after serving 23 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Ranta was convicted based on the flawed work of retired detective Louis Scarcella, whose 50 murder cases are being reviewed following allegations that he coerced witnesses and invented confessions. "This settlement is in the best interests of all parties and closes the door on a truly regrettable episode in our city’s history," Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Thursday. "I am pleased that my office was able to move quickly on this case."