A trio of men wrongfully incarcerated for more than 20 years have won a $15 million verdict against East Cleveland—a municipality long known as being severely financially distressed, and where police abuses formed part of the focus for a popular podcast.

A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio on Nov. 15 awarded plaintiffs Derrick Wheatt, Laurese Glover and Eugene Johnson $5 million each on claims that detectives investigating the murder for which they were eventually convicted withheld potentially exculpatory evidence from prosecutors and used improper photo array techniques to identify the three as the prime suspects.

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