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Lynn faces potential multi-million dollar judgement

BOSTON — The Lynn City Council has quietly spent $450,000 to fight a lawsuit by a man who spent two decades in prison for a murder he didn't commit.

If Lynn loses the case, it could plunge the cash-strapped city to the edge of fiscal disaster with taxpayers stuck with the tab in the millions. But two City Hall officials said they are not worried about the case or any potential judgment.

Angel Echavarria was imprisoned for 21 years for the 1994 murder of a Lynn drug dealer. He walked out of an Essex County Superior courtroom a free man in 2015 after Judge David Lowy dismissed the murder conviction. …

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