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Clark County borrowing $10M to pay settlement

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - Clark County will borrow $10 million to pay a settlement to two men who spent 17years in prison, wrongly convicted of rape.

The Columbian reports ( the county settled with 57-year-old Larry Davis of Vancouver and 49-year-old Alan Northrop of Woodland to end a federal lawsuit. County commissioners approved terms of the loan Tuesday.

The county wasn't insured in 1993 when the two were convicted of raping a woman in La Center. Later DNA testing cleared the men and their lawyers said the county was negligent because a detective failed to check out other leads in the case.


Information from: The Columbian,

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