Man Paid $2 Million for Wrongful Conviction

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A $2 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed by a Lansing man who was wrongfully convicted of murder.

Tuesday's settlement ends 2 1/2 years of litigation centered on whether Lansing Community College police Det. Rodney Bahl hid evidence of McCollum's innocence.

McCollum tells the Lansing State Journal he just wants to "start the next chapter" of his life. Hugh Clarke Jr., one of three attorneys representing McCollum, said he hopes the settlement prevents future injustice.

McCollum was charged in the 2005 murder of Carolyn Kronenberg, a Lansing Community College professor. The 32-year-old McCollum spent 18 months in prison before his conviction was overturned and he was released.

Bahl led the investigation. His lawyer, Michael Bogren, declined comment.


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  • by Allen Location: Michigan on Aug 15, 2010 at 08:07 AM
    Your ANTI death penalty has A MAJOR hole in it! Death sentenced scum bags are on deathrow for a minimum of 10 years while the appeals are done. McCollum only spent 18 months in jail before being released. I hope you never have to go through having a police officr show up at your door and tell you that your child was raped and murdered, but if you did, you may not feel so LIBERAL about the death penalty.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM
    I hope that Claude completes his education. Money is nice, but there is nothing compared to giving his time and energy back to the community.
  • by Bob Location: Eureka on Jul 29, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    why would LCC have to pay? And yes, MI definitely DOES NOT want a death penalty
  • by Mark Location: Somerset Mi on Jul 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Put that Det. in prison for LIFE!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Jul 29, 2010 at 11:46 AM
    I hope everyone who's been posting "I wish Michigan had the death penalty" and similar sentiments read this story and take it to heart. How would you have felt if this innocent man had been MURDERED for something he didn't do?
  • by Greg Location: Lansing on Jul 29, 2010 at 09:50 AM
    So who actually paid the settlement? LCC or the STATE, either way its all tax payers money, I suppose. Good to hear the balance of justice has worked.
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