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Glendale settles lawsuit with man wrongly detained for 8 months

Glendale has agreed to pay $1.7 million to a man who was wrongly detained for eight months as part of a murder investigation, city officials said Monday.

The settlement with Edmond Ovasapyan, finalized Friday, ends a long-standing lawsuit against the city and includes a $1.31-million judgment awarded by a jury and the majority of legal fees he incurred.

“We would have obviously wanted a different outcome,” City Atty. Scott Howard said. “The matter is now concluded and everyone hopes we can move on.”

A jury in February determined that Ovasapyan, of Sunland, had been wrongly imprisoned for eight months while the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office decided whether to move forward with charges against him in the 2005 shooting death of Glendale resident Christopher Shahanzari, 21.

Ovasapyan’s attorney, Mark Geragos, has criticized the city for drawing out the case, pointing out that the City Council rejected a previous $400,000 settlement offer. Howard has said the proposal came only days before the trial was scheduled to start.

Geragos could not be reached for comment Monday.

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Not bad, $212,500 a month plus food,room and board. The City Council must be a group of heavy thinkers.

I would gladly do a "8-month" sting in jail for 1.7 million! Especially if I knew I didnt do anything, and it will be cleared up in a matter of time. PLEASE lock me up..Im even willing to do a year!!!

I was just feeling bad for the guy, til I saw how much he got paid!

The worst part of it is I bet the dude is dirty, just like his dirt bag attorney Mark Geragos.

way to go glendale.. reject a $400k settlement and end up paying almost $2mil..

Sign me up... this is a insult to us tax payers. This guy probably wasn't directly related, but knew more than he was saying... and for getting free food and shelter, now he gets a million bucks? Damn... i hate this city so bad..

Another strong case for the repeal of prosecutorial and judicial immunity. If we start holding the DA and the lying cops accountable for things like this they just might actually conduct a real investigation before locking someone up on hearsay.

I assume this was an educated jury. It's remarkable to me that the jury knew laws of procedure ect.. I guess the picking of the jury is what made a difference. In my opinion, juries need to be educated on what is fair, what is hearsay, what is evidence, do they know the constituion, what is a defense, don't fall asleep or take a nap, not to be gleemy eyed on the judge and beg him to serve, and finally not to be biased because you work at UCLA, or the Sherriff dept. in the past, or have a relative who is a judge. California does not need innocent people going to prison who did not commit a crime.


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