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Old 09-05-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: houston/sugarland
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Interesting article...


Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090904/ap_on_re_us/us_exoneree_millionaires - broken link)

I do think that the wrongly accused do deserve compensation... but those numbers are a little too high.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:31 AM
 
Location: south by midwest
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If you're not ready to walk the streets at night in Houston you wouldn't make it a day in the joint.

Go there and tell us what doing time for a crime you didn't commit is worth.
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:39 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Interesting article...


Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090904/ap_on_re_us/us_exoneree_millionaires - broken link)

I do think that the wrongly accused do deserve compensation... but those numbers are a little too high.
I don't think the amounts are too high. These people spent over 25 years in jail for crimes they didn't commit!
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Old 09-05-2009, 12:59 AM
 
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Interesting article...


Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090904/ap_on_re_us/us_exoneree_millionaires - broken link)

I do think that the wrongly accused do deserve compensation... but those numbers are a little too high.
Not high at all...especially when you consider the circumstances. It's probably low in comparison to what a jury might have awarded them in a civil suit. The state probably got off easy with this law. Geezus - just look at the millions that some people are awarded in frivolous law suits.

These men spent over 25+ years of their lives in jail for crimes they did not commit. You'd REALLY want to lose 25+ yrs of your life like that?
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Old 09-05-2009, 01:02 AM
 
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25 years in prison..

I WOULDNT DO IT EVEN FOR A BILLION DOLLARS..

25 YEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-05-2009, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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I don't know, it works out to about $55,000 a year after taxes. I'd say they owed more in my opinion. What could he have done if he'd been out? Who knows? But to submit oneself to the cruelty of being in prison for that long, they should double or triple that amount.
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Old 09-05-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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The amounts aren't nearly high enough for having your life ruined and living in one of the disgusting inhumane institutions that the US seems to revel in providing.

Someone a lot wiser than me suggested that prisons reflect the society they exist in. If I was the US I'd be pretty scared at what I saw in the mirror.
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Old 09-05-2009, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Katy
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Interesting article...


Texas DNA exonerees find prosperity after prison - Yahoo! News (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090904/ap_on_re_us/us_exoneree_millionaires - broken link)

I do think that the wrongly accused do deserve compensation... but those numbers are a little too high.
How in the world do you think that amount is too high?
IMO, its not enough to have a quarter of a century worth of living taken away for a crime you did not even commit.
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:04 PM
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Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I agree with Elk Hunter...they deserve more, and the idiots that put them in prison need to be put on trial by Texas taxpayers.
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Old 09-05-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: south by midwest
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I agree with Elk Hunter...they deserve more, and the idiots that put them in prison need to be put on trial by Texas taxpayers.
They might be held accountable in some way.

You know, when some DA is bragging about a "100 percent conviction rate" or you ever read about someone being charged with a crime who's getting the "give 'em the chair" treatment in comments online when they know no actual facts about the case other than what the media is reporting, it's really something to think about.

I support the death penalty in theory but oppose it in practice, because my faith in the justice system just isn't that strong.
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