Judge reduces payout to wrongfully convicted man

A Bronx man wrongfully convicted of a crime in the 1980s says a judge has cut the amount of money the city should pay him to millions of dollars less than a jury originally ruled.



Alan Newton, 54, has lived in Brooklyn since his release from prison a decade ago. He was wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in a Bronx park in 1984 and served 22 years in prison.



Genetic testing eventually proved his innocence and led to his release.



After his exoneration, he sued the city, alleging recklessness in the handling of evidence in his case. A jury determined he should receive $18 million in damages.



A judge later overturned the jury's decision, and Newton appealed several times. In the latest ruling, a judge ordered Newton to accept a $12 million settlement or face a new trial.



John Schutty, Newton's attorney, says they will appeal the ruling once again.


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