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Lesser settlement stands in sex-abuse civil case

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SPOKANE — A settlement awarded to a man wrongly accused in Wenatchee’s sex abuse cases went from $2.9 million to about $689,000 — and that’s where it will remain, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Manuel Hidalgo Rodriguez, convicted at trial of child molestation but exonerated after spending four years in prison, sued his former public defense attorneys for malpractice in 2003, saying his primary lawyer Ed Stevensen and his supervisor Jeffrey Barker failed to properly attack the flawed case against him.

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