The city of Council Bluffs will pay almost $6.2 million dollars to settle a lawsuit with two Omaha men who sued after the courts concluded they were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 25 years.
Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee were convicted of the murder of Council Bluffs police officer John Schweer. The two would spend 25 years in prison while fighting their convictions.
In 2003 Harrington’s case was dismissed. In 2011 so was McGhee’s. The court overturned the rulings saying police withheld reports that could have helped the defense. The two filed lawsuits and now there’s a settlement.
The settlement says the two will split the money. The two will be paid $2.3 million immediately and then the remainder in six annual payments of more than $528,000. Then a final payment of just over $728,500 will be made in July 2020.
Also in the settlement there was a non-disparagement clause that said neither party would make a public statement until 60 days after the contract is fully executed.
The agreement specifies no admission of fault or liability by any party or implies wrongdoing.