Monday, September 30, 2013

10-1-13 wrongly convicted compensation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would boost compensation for people wrongfully convicted of crimes.  Sens. Lena Taylor and Glenn Grothman are sponsoring a bill that would award Robert Stinson an additional $90,000 on top of the maximum $25,000 state payout for a wrongful conviction. Stinson spent 23 years in prison for a homicide he didn't commit.  Meanwhile, Reps. Garey Bies and Gary Hebl are circulating a bill that would increase the maximum annual payout from $5,000 to $50,000, eliminate the requirement that compensation be granted only in cases in which a petitioner shows he or she didn't contribute to the conviction and require a judge rather than a five-member board to decide whether compensation should be awarded.

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