Clark County settles Spencers wrongful conviction suit for 6M

first_imgClark County and the Washington Counties Risk Pool will pay out $6 million to former Vancouver police Officer Clyde Ray Spencer, who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for nearly 20 years for sexual abuse.Spencer, who now lives in California, said Tuesday morning that the settlement announcement was news to him.“This has been going on now for months. Every time they set a date, nothing comes of it so it’s kind of a surprise to me,” he said in a phone interview.His claim has been pending for about six years.In February 2014, a jury had awarded Spencer $9 million following a civil trial in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. But months later, Judge Benjamin H. Settle threw out the jury’s verdict.It was reinstated in May by a three-judge panel for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after finding that Spencer had provided direct evidence that former Clark County sheriff’s Detective Sharon Krause fabricated evidence in his criminal case. Krause’s supervisor, sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Davidson, who had an affair with Spencer’s wife, had also been found liable in his supervisory capacity.However, Krause and Davidson’s lawyers planned to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision, leading the parties to negotiate the settlement.last_img read more