VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California man who was exonerated of murder after serving 34 years of a life sentence has filed a federal lawsuit against Ventura County, the district attorney's office and the sheriff's office.
Michael Hanline was 69 years old when he was freed from prison last November. A judge formally dismissed his murder case in April. Hanline had been convicted of killing a friend in Ventura in 1978.
The California Innocence Project, whose lawyers worked for 15 years to free him, said Hanline was the longest-serving wrongfully incarcerated inmate in California history.
The Ventura County Star reported Monday (http://bit.ly/1YrAxwy ) that Hanline's lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
Special Assistant District Attorney Michael Schwartz, who heads the county's conviction integrity unit, declined to comment on the suit.
Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com