Friday, June 20
(Royal Oak, MI) -- A Royal Oak man who spent seven years in prison for a conviction that was later thrown out will get a half-million-dollars from his former attorney. Jackob Trakhtenberg was found guilty in a 53-minute trial on child molestation charges in 2005, but the Michigan Supreme Court overturned the decision in 2012. Trakhtenberg said his attorney Deborah McKelvy had convinced him to opt for a bench trial. McKelvy did not admit wrongdoing in a settlement of Trakhtenberg's malpractice lawsuit. Trakhtenberg's ex-wife made claims during their divorce proceedings that he had touched a young female relative.