A judge has awarded $1.9 million to a man wrongly imprisoned six years for a murder he did not commit.
"How does one put a monetary value on seemingly mundane things, like sleeping in one's own bed, a stroll through the park or a hug from a loved one?" wrote Court of Claims Judge Adolph C. Orlando in a decision released Monday.Orlando set the price at $1.935 million, which he ordered the state to pay to Robert K. McLaughlin, 29. The judge blamed an error in identification and an "overzealous" police officer for McLaughlin's unjust conviction and incarceration.
McLaughlin was charged with murder, robbery and weapons possession for a December 1979 killing in New York City. The victim was killed fending off a robber, according to court papers.