A judge has denied the state’s motion to dismiss Fernando Bermudez’s claim for unjust conviction for a murder of which he was found innocent after serving 18 years in prison.

Court of Claims Judge Alan Marin (See Profile) rejected the state’s contention that Bermudez’s action was filed in a fatally flawed manner because Bermudez did not verify it as required under §8-b(4) of the Court of Claims Act.

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