By Kim Ghattas BBC News, Washington 7/27/07

The convictions date from 1965. A federal judge in Boston has ordered the US government to pay out more than $100m (£50m) in the case of four wrongly convicted men.

The four were convicted in 1965 of the murder of gangster Edward Teddy Deegan.

They spent decades in prison after the FBI withheld evidence of their innocence. Two died in jail.

The two survivors, and the families of the other two, successfully sued the federal government for malicious prosecution.

The lawyers of Peter Limone, now 73, and of Joseph Salvati, 74, said the two men had waited a lifetime for this moment.

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