In December 2014, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said it would not oppose compensation awards to Jackson, Bridgeman and Ajamu because they believe the men are innocent. In February, 2015, they were declared innocent by a judge. Jackson was preliminarily awarded $1 million in compensation pending a final computation by the Ohio Court of Claims.
In 2016, the Court of Claims awarded Bridgeman $2.4 million and awarded Ajamu $1.98 million. In April 2016, Jackson settled his lawsuit against the State of Ohio for $2.65 million. Their lawsuit against tje Cleveland Police depart,emt was dismissed in 2017, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reinstated it in March 2019.– Maurice Possley
The National Registry of Exonerations is a project of the Newkirk Center for Science & Society at University of California Irvine, the University of Michigan Law School and Michigan State University College of Law. It was founded in 2012 in conjunction with the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law. The Registry provides detailed information about every known exoneration in the United States since 1989—cases in which a person was wrongly convicted of a crime and later cleared of all the charges based on new evidence of innocence. The Registry also maintains a more limited database of known exonerations prior to 1989.
We welcome new information from any source about exonerations already on our list and about cases not in the Registry that might be exonerations.