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Putnam County Legislature approves settlement of federal lawsuit

The Putnam County Legislature has approved a settlement of a federal lawsuit brought against the county by Anthony DiPippo.  The man was convicted of raping and murdering 12-year old Josette Wright in Carmel at two separate trials, but he was subsequently tried a third time and was acquitted in 2016.   The case was settled for $12 million, but the county will only be responsible for paying $200,000. The rest is covered by insurance.  Putnam County was exposed to liability for federal civil rights violations, including wrongful conviction and due process claims. County Executive MaryEllen Odell says the decision to settle was made to reduce the risk to county taxpayers of a much larger verdict being awarded at trial.  Since DiPippo was incarcerated for nearly twenty years, he could have potentially been awarded up to $30 million, plus millions in legal fees. 

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