Exonerated Man Files Suit Against Ventura County D.A., Sheriff’s Department

A man who was exonerated after spending 36 years in prison for murder is suing Ventura County, its district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department.

Michael Hanline was convicted in 1980 for the first-degree murder of Ventura resident J.T. McGarry, but DNA evidence later linked the crime to another man. Hanline was released in 2014, making him the longest-serving wrongfully convicted prisoner in state history.

Hanline filed suit for unspecified damages in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles earlier this month.

“His conviction was the product of misconduct on the part of various governmental actors,” his lawyer, Jan Stiglitz, wrote in an email to The Daily Beast.

Read more about the lawsuit here.

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