Bruce Lisker, city reach tentative settlement over wrongful conviction

bruce-lisker-2015.jpgLisker, 50, in recent photo by Iris Schneider.

Bruce Lisker and the city attorney's office have agreed on a settlement of his federal civil rights lawsuit against the LAPD over the investigation that led to Lisker's conviction for the 1983 murder of his mother in the Valley. Terms were not reported and the settlement still must be approved by the City Council. The story was broken by LA Times city editor Matt Lait, who as a reporter wrote stories that cast doubt on Lisker's conviction and led to his 2009 release from prison after 26 years.

Lisker's difficult adjustment back to regular life has been chronicled here at LA Observed by Iris Schneider in a series of posts. Iris has spent time with Lisker, reported on milestones such as casting his first vote and serving on a jury, and covered his wedding to Kara Noble. Among the adjustments, Lisker has said repeatedly, is the difficulty of finding a job and making a living. Delays in his claim against the city and the lawsuit have added to the stress. “It’s been a never-ending series of delays and denials and has been extremely painful,” Lisker told the Times. “It’s been a very emotional ordeal.”

Here are links to some of the Lisker Chronicles posts:
Bruce Lisker waits for justice
Bruce and Proposition 34
Bruce Lisker celebrates an anniversary - and waits
Staying positive
Bruce and Kara get married
New milestone for Bruce Lisker: jury duty
Bruce votes for the first time
'Justice will win the day'
Bruce meets a juror, goes to college
Reality sets in

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