- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut official facing criticism for awarding $16.8 million to four men whose murder convictions were overturned after they spent 17 years in prison is resigning.

Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. disclosed Friday that he has submitted his resignation to the governor. He says he wants to return to practicing law and it has nothing to do with criticism of his office.

Also Friday, the victim’s family and lawmakers expressed outrage and called for changes to state law, saying Vance improperly awarded $4.2 million apiece to the four men. The family still believes the men committed the crime and says they got off on a technicality.

Their convictions were overturned by the state Supreme Court because a witness lied while testifying at their trial.

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