Wrongfully convicted man sues city for $30M

February 23, 2011 6:17:02 PM PST
Fernando Bermudez's life story is a tale of injustice and inspiration. He was wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison, sustained by his belief that the truth would prevail.

Over a year after his exoneration, Bermudez, 41, marks his freedom today by taking one step closer to seeking justice. He has filed a $30 million lawsuit against the city and state of New York.

"We want to hold the city of New York, its detectives and the New York County District Attorney's Office accountable for the continued injustice dealt to Fernando. They violated his 4th amendment rights for an unlawful arrest and 14th amendment rights for due process of law," said his Attorney Michael S. Lamonsoff.

Now, a free man Bermudez is determined to bring justice to the judicial system that took nearly two decades of his life. "I want the world to know what happened to me so this doesn't happen to anyone else," he said at the press conference.

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