New York Liable For Prosecution Of Shirley Kinge

By Greg Catlin

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 27, 2008 at 6:34 PM EDT

A woman wins a court decision after she was framed by State Police, and wrongly accused of helping her son kill a family in Tompkins County.

In a court ruling this week, a judge decides New York State is liable for the malicious prosecution of Shirley Kinge.

Kinge was convicted of helping her son kill 4 members of the Harris family in Dryden in 1989 by setting a fire to cover it up.

Her son, Michael, was killed in a shootout with troopers when they moved in to arrest him.

But, she spent 18 months in prison before she was set free and her conviction thrown out.

State Police investigators admitted they planted her fingerprints on a gas can inside the Harris home.

In this week's court ruling, the judge found Kinge was the victim of malicious prosecution, and negligent supervision of the investigator who faked the evidence against her.

A civil trial will be scheduled to decide how much money she should get.

But, the judge added that Kinge should be ashamed of her own criminal conduct.

Hours after the murders, Kinge used a credit card stolen from the Harris family to go on shopping spree.

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