New In The Phoenix -- Boston Pays $3.8m Settlement

In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I report that the City of Boston has paid $3.8 million to settle a civil lawsuit over the wrongful conviction of Anthony Powell.

This is the third, and largest, recent settlement for the city's liability in a string of nine wrongful convictions discovered between 1999 and 2004; the total amount is now over $10 million.

The item is here:

Boston's $10 Million Boo-Boos: Righting A Wrongful Conviction

Update: The new editorial is now up as well. It has two parts. First, a look at the patchwork state budget. Second, following up on my story, the need for a post-conviction DNA law.

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