Chandler Wrongful Conviction
In October of 2012, Louisville Metro Government agreed to pay Edwin Chandler $8.5 million for his wrongful arrest on charges of murder and robbery and his serving 9 years in prison for crimes that he did not commit. This settlement is one of the largest ever paid by a government agency in Kentucky for a civil rights violation.
Mr. Chandler’s unjust conviction in 1993 was the result of a false, coerced and fabricated confession to a convenience store robbery that resulted in the killing of a store clerk. When a fingerprint left at the scene of the crime by the perpetrator was retested using advanced scientific techniques, it was determined that another person with a bad criminal history actually committed the crime.
The scientific evidence proved that our client was innocent and similarly proved that the police concealed evidence of Mr. Chandler’s innocence and covered up repeated misconduct by the lead police investigator of the case. Larry Simon co-counseled with Nick Brustin of New York and Margaret O’Donnell of Frankfort.
Edwin Chandler, Sr. v. Louisville Jefferson County Metro Government, U.S. District Court (Western District of Kentucky) Civil Action No. 3:10-CV-470.