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Paul Bastidas



Drug Related (Possession or sale)


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Los Angeles

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Los Angeles


Judicially Exonerated

Summary of Case:

"Paul Bastidas was wrongly convicted in 1998 of selling narcotics after Los Angeles Police Department officers said they saw him throw away two bags of marijuana. He served 30 months in prison, but it was later discovered during the LAPD Rampart Scandal that the drugs had been planted on him by the officers. Paul Bastidas' conviction was vacated. On September 13, 2006, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to settle Bastidas' civil rights lawsuit against the city for $810,000. Bastidas was wrongly imprisoned for 2-1/2 years."

Conviction Caused By:

Two LAPD Ramparts Unit officers perjured themselves by testifying they saw Paul Bastidas throw away two bags of marijuana.

Innocence Proved By:

It was discovered during investigation of the LAPD's Rampart Unit scandal that the drugs had been planted on Paul Bastidas by corrupt police officers. His conviction was subsequently vacated.

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Compensation Awarded:

"$810,000 (Los Angeles County, 2006)"

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"City will pay 810k in rampart lawsuit, Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2006"

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