Ronnie Long was recently released from prison after spending decades behind bars for a crime he did not commit. He is now suing the city that arrested him, the city of Concord.
Ronnie Long was convicted of rape in the 1970s when he was 21 years old. Since then, he has always maintained his innocence and in August 2020, a federal appeals court agreed. According to a news outlet, the court said that police lied on the stand during the trial in 1976 and his evidence that would have cleared his name of the crime.
Ronnie Long’s conviction was overturned and the now 65-year-old received a pardon from Gov. Roy Cooper back in December 2020.
What does compensation look like for 44 years of being falsely imprisioned? Long received $750,000 in March. Ronnie Long is now suing the City of Concord as well as the detectives who worked on his case and the current and former police chiefs. The City of Concord told the news outlet they cannot comment on pending lawsuits.
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