By Associated Press - Thursday, April 23, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles District Attorney is asking for almost $1 million in funding for a special team of prosecutors to look into wrongful conviction claims.

The Los Angeles Times reports (https://lat.ms/1Glu9hV) a rise in these claims prompted the move by DA Jackie Lacey to add the county to a list of more than two dozen agencies nationwide that are putting money toward identifying innocent convicts.

Lacey’s announcement follows Obie Anthony’s award of $8 million last month in a settlement against the city for his wrongful 17-year incarceration.

Funding would come from the coming fiscal year’s budget and employ three prosecutors, a senior investigator and a paralegal. The board of supervisors needs to formally approve the funds, which is expected to happen in the weeks ahead.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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