When Bruce Lisker was 17 years old, in 1983, he came home to find his mother murdered. Bruce was arrested for the crime based on incorrect testimony from the detective on the case. Bruce was then convicted of second degree murder in 1985, in part because of false information provided by a jailhouse snitch in the L.A. County Jail. He was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison and served 26 and a half years for a crime he did not commit. Throughout his imprisonment, Bruce maintained his innocence, and through the efforts of private investigators, attorneys, an LAPD officer who believed him, and an investigative series of articles in the LA Times, his conviction was vacated in August 2009 by a U.S. District Court judge, who found he had been convicted on false evidence and ineffective assistance of counsel. Prosecutors moved to dismiss the charges, and Bruce was a free man a month later. In January 2016, Bruce’s wrongful conviction lawsuit against the City of Los Angeles was settled for $7.6 million.
Bruce lives just north of Los Angeles, and is available to speak in Southern California.