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Men Wrongfully Convicted of Malcolm X Killing Awarded $36m Settlement


New York City and New York state will pay a combined $36 million to Muhammad A. Aziz and the estate of Khalil Islam to compensate them for their wrongful murder convictions in the assassination of Malcolm X in 1966, reports Marisa Lati for the New York Times. Stefan Mooklal, deputy chief of staff for New York City’s law department, said his office agreed with former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.’s conclusion that Aziz and Islam had been wrongfully convicted.

The pair were exonerated in November 2022 after serving a combined 42 years in prison, before being released on parole in 1985 and 1987 respectively, due to deep flaws in the prosecution, including withheld documents, conflicting eyewitness testimony and apparently solid alibis exposed in the decades since the convictions.

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