An Oregon lawyer wrongly arrested and accused of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings has settled a lawsuit against the U.S. government for $2 million, attorneys told CNN on Wednesday.
Brandon Mayfield was arrested in Portland, Oregon, on a material witness warrant in May 2004, less than two months after the train bombings.
The settlement was confirmed by both sides. It was reached Tuesday during a conference with a federal judge, attorneys said.
The FBI identified Mayfield’s fingerprint on a blue plastic bag containing detonators found in a van used by the bombers. However, the FBI’s fingerprint identification was wrong and Mayfield was released several days later.
Mayfield and his family later sued the U.S. government for damages. The Portland-area attorney contended that he was a victim of profiling because he is a Muslim convert. more