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Son to Get $250 K of $28 M Jail Award?

Posted Aug 3, 2007 5:53 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Lawyers for the son of a man who died in 1995 after 28 years in prison, serving a sentence for a murder he didn't commit, told a federal judge in Boston yesterday that that her $28 million award to Louis Greco's estate isn't going to accomplish what she apparently intended.

Because of the way his father's estate is distributed, Edward Greco, 50, stands to get only $250,000 of the award, his lawyers say in a motion filed yesterday, although his life was destroyed by his father's wrongful imprisonment in the gangland slaying case, the Boston Globe reports. Details of the record-breaking $100-million tort case, in which Louis Greco and three other men were found to have been convicted because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's suppression of evidence in order to protect informants, are provided in an earlier ABAJournal.com post.

In earlier testimony, Edward Greco, now reportedly recovering from lung cancer in a New Orleans nursing home, said that his childhood suddenly fell apart after his father went to prison. Depressed, his mother allegedly "drank heavily, beat him, and stopped shopping for groceries or doing laundry," the Globe reports. "There was no food in the house," Edward Greco said, describing a hardscrabble life of eating leftovers from classmates' school lunches. He eventually wound up living on the streets and selling drugs at age 17, which put an end to his dream of going to college.

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