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FILE – In this Thursday, April 2, 2009 file picture Miguel Roman, left, shows up at Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., with members of his family. Murder charges versus Roman, who served Twenty Years in prison, were dropped in 2008 after DNA evidence showed that he could not have actually been the killer of his pregnant lady friend, 17-year-old Carmen Lopez in 1988. The strange disappearance of a 30-year-old insurance plan for the city of Hartford is holding up a seven-year-old lawsuit filed by Roman wrongly imprisoned for Lopez’s murder. Roman is suing the city for malicious prosecution and breaking his civil liberties. less
FILE – In this Thursday, April 2, 2009 file photo Miguel Roman, left, shows up at Superior Court in Hartford, Conn., with members of his household. Murder charges versus Roman, who served 20 years in prison, were … more
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FILE – In this Friday, July 22, 2011 pool file picture Miguel Roman is consoled by his lawyer Rosemarie Paine, left, as his daughter, right, reads his victim declaration to the court during the sentencing for Pedro Miranda at Superior Court, in Hartford, Conn. Miranda was sentenced to life in jail without parole for the murder of Carmen Lopez. Roman, Lopez’s sweetheart, served Twenty Years of a 60-year prison sentence for her death before being released in 2008 based upon new DNA proof. The strange disappearance of a 30-year-old insurance plan for the city of Hartford is holding up a seven-year-old suit submitted by Roman wrongly locked up for Lopez’s murder. Roman is taking legal action against the city for destructive prosecution and breaking his civil rights. less
FILE – In this Friday, July 22, 2011 swimming pool file image Miguel Roman is consoled by his attorney Rosemarie Paine, left, as his child, right, reads his victim declaration to the court throughout the sentencing for … more
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Oops: City loses insurance coverage policy in wrongful imprisonment
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP)– Hartford authorities state they can not discover a 30-year-old insurance coverage policy that might play a key role in any damages or settlement
the city would have to pay in a claim filed by a guy incorrectly sent to prison for murder for 20 years. The failure to find the policy prompted federal Magistrate Judge Joan Margolis in New Haven on Monday to order the city to subpoena insurance business in an effort to find it. Miguel Roman, of Manchester, submitted the federal suit versus the city and authorities in March 2011, declaring harmful prosecution, suppression of evidence and violation of his civil liberties. City officials deny the claims. His attorneys have been inquiring on the city’s insurance plan given that the lawsuit was submitted almost 7 years earlier.
“Mr. Roman is pleased that the court granted him the relief that he looked for,”
stated his lawyer, Rosemarie Paine.”The court’s ruling offers a timeline for taking the necessary actions to find the missing policy and move the case forward. ” Nathalie Feola-Guerrieri, senior assistant corporation counsel for the city, decreased to comment.
She wrote in court documents that city authorities have actually made numerous efforts to find the policy, consisting of asking insurance coverage business to search for it, however to no obtain. Roman, 61, was convicted of murder in the 1988 killing of his 17-year-old sweetheart, Carmen Lopez, of Hartford, who was pregnant. Roman, who was not the daddy of the coming baby, served Twenty Years of a 60-year sentence prior to being released in December 2008 and later on exonerated based on new DNA testing that led to another guy being convicted of her killing. State officials later granted Roman$ 6 million for his wrongful conviction.
The “excess” policy that is missing out on might be essential in the claim due to the fact that it would cover any damages or settlement the city would need to pay above $2 million, which is the liability limitation of the city’s primary insurance policy issued by Tourists that was in location Thirty Years back. Hartford fought with its finances over the previous year and was near bankruptcy prior to getting aid in the new state budget passed in October.
Travelers has suggested to the city that it inform the
provider of its excess policy about the lawsuit, because of the possibility that any award to Roman might surpass $ 2 million.
The excess policy most likely was in impact in 1988, when Roman said he was wrongfully arrested. An unanswered concern in the event is whether the city’s insurance plan in impact in 2011, when he submitted his suit, would cover any award to him. Roman has not disclosed a specific dollar quantity for the damages he is seeking.http:// www.nhregister.com/news/crime/article/Oops-City-loses-insurance-policy-in-wrongful-12548689.php