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The Uncollectible Judgment

A recent article indicated a true miscarriage of justice where a NFL player was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit based upon testimony that was false. The player spent substantial time in jail before finally being released.

The accuser apparently had obtained a settlement from a school district in California based upon the allegations of rape by the young man. The entity that paid the settlement apparently sued the accuser and obtained a verdict for over $2 million. The tragedy here is that the young man’s life will never be the same and it does not appear any compensation will be coming his way for the injustice done to him.

While the school district seeking to collect their multimillion dollar judgment and actually collecting the judgment is a different reality.  Many will recall the civil suit against O.J. Simpson which undoubtedly remains largely outstanding today.

Collecting a judgment is often a very difficult process when the judgment is obtained against someone who does not have readily identifiable exempt assets. In effect, many lawsuits and judgments against defendants who are not covered by insurance and who have no real assets are more symbolic than economic.

The odds of the school district actually collecting any significant portion of this verdict is slim at best.

To read about the plight of the NFL player turned to the following story:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/brian-banks-woman-whose-fake-rape-claim-put-nfl-player-in-prison-forced-to-pay-061513