The U.S. Supreme Court has rejecting an appeal from Gage County in a wrongful conviction ruling. The county has to pay a $28 million court judgment to six people wrongfully convicted for a 1985 murder.
The justices on Monday turned away Gage County's last-ditch effort to avoid the hefty judgment. The federal appeals court in St. Louis had previously upheld the jury verdict against Gage county, saying it was justified because of egregious law enforcement conduct.
The six people were wrongfully convicted for the rape and murder of Helen Wilson. They spent more than 75 years combined in prison until DNA evidence cleared them in 2008. Wilson's death has since been linked to a former Beatrice resident who died in 1992.