Man exonerated after 25 years seeks millions from Detroit

FILE - In this June 1, 2017 file photo, Desmond Ricks listens to a judge during a hearing in Detroit. Ricks, who served 25 years in prison for murder based on sham evidence, has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million. Ricks was released in May after making the extraordinary claim that Detroit police framed him for a fatal shooting outside a restaurant in 1992. (Clarence Tabb Jr./Detroit News via AP, File)/Detroit News via AP)

By ED WHITE

Associated Press

DETROIT — A Detroit man who served 25 years in prison for murder based on sham evidence has filed a lawsuit seeking more than $100 million, saying police deliberately framed him by switching bullets to win a conviction.

Desmond Ricks, 51, was released from prison in May after new tests supported his remarkable claim: Detroit police intentionally pinned him with a homicide in 1992.

An analysis of two bullets taken from the victim and still in police storage showed they didn’t match a gun that was presented as the murder weapon. Prosecutors agreed to drop the case. They also said the statute of limitations barred them from investigating officers involved in Ricks’ arrest.

“Since the officers cannot be put in prison, this is the only way to begin to right a horrific misconduct and the harm to our criminal justice system,” Ricks’ attorney, Wolfgang Mueller, said.

“It’s evil,” he added Thursday. “I can’t picture how a police officer who is sworn to uphold the law and be objective could go to sleep at night.”