Texas man wrongly put away for 18 years denied compensation after legal glitch

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 8:53 AM GMT
    [url]http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110216/ts_yblog_thelookout/texas-man-wrongly-put-away-for-decades-denied-compensation-after-legal-glitch

    [/url]

    We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence,[note 1] promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


    I never have nor ever will suscribed to the mantra "oh but we have come so far, we have a black president" ( that is bull and any one with some semblence of critical thinking knows that, what people have done is come fare in hiding their prejudices efficiently and effectively.

    AND THERE ARE MANY MORE CASES LIKE THE ONE ABOVE


  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 11:40 AM GMT
    This is fucking awful. I don't see how that man should feel like he owes the United States system any respect. I hope he becomes the next Michael Moore. People will gives this guy more sympathy at least.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 1:38 PM GMT
    I am going to jump on the this is crap wagon.
    WTF is wrong with this country ?!! everyone deserves compensation for something. so because a government official made a mistake, he is owed 1.4 million in tax dollars ?!! uhhhh WTF

    i guess i should sue my college because their education didnt help me get a job right ?????

    the 200,000 should be just fine, either way it is tax dollars YOU PAID that wont go to services they were collected for.
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    jprichva said
    YoungjockMN saidI am going to jump on the this is crap wagon.
    WTF is wrong with this country ?!! everyone deserves compensation for something. so because a government official made a mistake, he is owed 1.4 million in tax dollars ?!! uhhhh WTF

    i guess i should sue my college because their education didnt help me get a job right ?????

    the 200,000 should be just fine, either way it is tax dollars YOU PAID that wont go to services they were collected for.

    What the hell are you talking about?
    The state wrongly took away this man's adult life. It will be next to impossible for him to start the kind of career he might have had if he had been free as a young man, without even counting for the horror he must have gone through in prison.

    $1.4 million strikes you as too much? Let's put you in prison for 25 years and see if you still think so when you get out.


    lets talk about this, he wont even get 1.4 million anyway, 462,000 will go to a law firm plus they will back charge additional fees. so that is a million dollars. (and they will very likely settle for less than the 1.4 M anyway)

    that is 1.4 million dollars that has to come from someone, the tax payers. what did they do wrong? so taxes will go up.

    This isnt the first time someone has wrongly gone to jail, nor will it be the last. but how does that suddenly entitle someone to money?

    where is my entitlement to the bad choices AIG made ??? I HAD TO PAY and so will your children. http://money.cnn.com/news/storysupplement/economy/bailouttracker/

    I am not at all trying to take away the fact that he had 25 years in a setting that he could not control. But awarding him 1.4 million dollars ? so then once we award that money, other convicts will come forward who were unjustly put away for 25 years and demand their 1.4 million. again, where will this money come from?

    dude, we all got our problems, it is called life. some people sit on a stool and whine about how bad they have it. i have no doubt he will claim this is black discrimination like the paper makes it out to be. Be truly resilient and just roll with what you got in front of you.


  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 2:50 PM GMT
    Hold the fuck up! Yeah we all got problems but due process is served by the people and if anyone is wrongly convicted of a crime and served a majority of their life behind prison walls then yes they should be compensated. The wrld was a much different place 25 yrs ago. Catching up won't be an easy task and he/she shouldn't be expected to do so w/out being a lil fucked in the headicon_rolleyes.gif
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 3:11 PM GMT
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/20110216/ts_yblog_thelookout/texas-man-wrongly-put-away-for-decades-denied-compensation-after-legal-glitch

    It appears that there are several ways that he could actually get the due compensation. The Judge, according to the article, could 'rescind' the original order and add the words actual innocence. Not sure what that means in terms of a legal process, but at least then it's not a miscarriage of justice by someone's neglect.

    And frankly I think the guy deserves the award, I mean he did lose two decades of his life to the state for wrongful imprisonment. A "We're Sorry" note doesn't quite cut it.
  • CuriousJockAZ

    Posts: 19119

    Feb 18, 2011 3:19 PM GMT
    YoungjockMN said
    that is 1.4 million dollars that has to come from someone, the tax payers. what did they do wrong? so taxes will go up.

    This isnt the first time someone has wrongly gone to jail, nor will it be the last. but how does that suddenly entitle someone to money?

    dude, we all got our problems, it is called life. some people sit on a stool and whine about how bad they have it. i have no doubt he will claim this is black discrimination like the paper makes it out to be. Be truly resilient and just roll with what you got in front of you.



    Wow! Your lack of compassion is astounding. $1.4 million seems like the state is getting off cheap. They ruined this man's life. That they are trying to get out of paying due to some missed wording in the court order is astounding. I hope the man gets every dime he deserves so that he can pick up the pieces of his life the way he deserves.
  • kew1

    Posts: 1595

    Feb 18, 2011 4:30 PM GMT
    just checking, in the UK when that happens the ex-prisoner gets compensation then the government charge him room & board for his time in jail.Does that happen over there?
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-505428/Victim-false-rape-claim-pay-12-500-bed-board-jail.html
  • joeindallas

    Posts: 484

    Feb 18, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    This guy should have gotten the Judge pay for the last 25 yrs and then take his pension. I lived in Texas and Good God how can you trust the fairness of a Judge when they ask the lawyers in front of them for Political Contributions. The whole system in Texas is CORRUPT safe bet there was mor Justice in pre 2003 Baghdad then there is in 2011 Dallas , Austin or anyother of the Cesspools they call cities in Texas. To those in Collin Co beware of Willis very corrupt
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 4:42 PM GMT
    It works out to about 56k for every year spent in jail for wrongful conviction.


    YoungjockMN, go voluntarily spend a week in lock-up then get back to us.


    PS you do realize that much of the settlement will likely be TAXED, returning part of the money to the gov't.

    http://www.finnfinancialgroup.com/newsletter/structured-settlements-for-exonerated-prisoners/

    "In its analysis, the Service noted:

    “Compensatory damages for physical injuries and physical sickness (including damages received for economic losses flowing from the physical injury or physical sickness) that an individual receives from a state for wrongful conviction and incarceration are excluded from gross income under § 104(a)(2).”

    Punitive damages and interest, however, are NOT excluded from gross income and are thus taxable. This position is consistent with the most recent history of this particular section of the tax code."
  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 18, 2011 11:36 PM GMT
    What a travesty of the justice system.

  • Posted by a hidden member.
    Log in to view his profile

    Feb 19, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    YoungjockMN said
    that is 1.4 million dollars that has to come from someone, the tax payers. what did they do wrong? so taxes will go up.



    Every time someone slips and falls on a city-maintained sidewalk that was in disrepair, the city uses our tax dollars to pay for it. Were you or I personally responsible for the sidewalk not being properly maintained? No, but someone has to be responsible for the harm that occurred through no fault of the injured person. As tax payers, we all have collective ownership in our government and so we share in the cost of making things right for the individual that was harmed. It is not really that different from harm done to a person at the fault of a company you own stock in or common areas in a condo community in which you are paying HOA fees.