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.”
On Wednesday evening, @FirstLadyVA and I were notified that a member of our official residence staff had developed symptoms and tested positive for #COVID19. We both received PCR nasal swab tests yesterday and both tested positive.
Pam is experiencing mild symptoms, and I am asymptomatic. Per @VDHgov guidelines, we will isolate at home for 10 days and then reevaluate our symptoms. I am in constant contact with my cabinet and staff, and will continue working from the Executive Mansion.
As I have been reminding Virginians throughout this crisis, #COVID19 is very real and very contagious. We are grateful for your thoughts and support, but the best thing you can do for us—and most importantly, for your fellow Virginians—is to take this virus seriously.