Man exonerated after serving 34 years in prison files suit

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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 10:24 AM

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.

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Information from: Ventura County Star, http://venturacountystar.com