There can be no doubt amongst anyone be they pro or anti that there have been innocent men and women sent to death row. Currently the response to this wrongful incarceration is to reward these individuals with huge monetary payoffs. Some States do have limits on the size of these payoffs,other States do not. There can be no question that if the individual was thru no fault of his/her own actions was wrongfully incarcerated for any period of time post trial they are entitled to settlements.Their lives were wrongfully disrupted and they have suffered immensely due to this incarceration. But should there not be a limit on that award? Why should anyone who is so obviously never going to earn millions of dollars in their life be awarded such immense settlements when the States are already struggling to make ends meet. I pose that a fair settlement formula does need to be devised for these instances, however I believe we need limits on the size so that States can better fund their law enforcemnt agencies and hopefully avoid future such snafus of justice. Rather than award these people millions trim the reward to a more realistic figure,funnel more into the justice depts and more into better policing the prosecutors. To date no scientist has engineered a money tree, only thru a fair system of expenditure can the wrongs of the current system be righted.
LAWYERS. I've just been reading that Earl Washington wasn't even bothered about petitioning for damages, just wanted to get a life. So, who chases for these damages? THE LAWYERS. And who takes a LARGE slice out of these compensation payments? The LAWYERS. They recoup back what they may have lost in monetary terms fighting the case of an innocent - they can say how much the case put them out of pocket - and they get that back, and more. They get the money back, a bonus on top, the publicity that the larger the figure gets, and the paying clients who have the money to use them. You want to stop these large payments, Dio - go talk to the lawyers. Earl Washington isn't even particularly bothered or even asked for that money, it's the lawyers who advise to go after it.
Oh I fully agree lawyers are always the main issue in any crime discussion,mainly because most lawyers are criminals. I don't deny these men their claims.....now yes I think Washington contributed to his incarceration with a false confession thereby removing responsibility from the State IMO. But when thru no fault of his own a man is sent to death row for any period of time then yes the States should compensate them. I really believe lawyers could be factored out of the equation totally if States had a solid policy for dealing with this issue. There should be no reason for a lawyer to have to sue the State, it should be State policy that if their representatives goof up and incarcerate the wrong person thru no fault of his own then that person should upon release collect a FAIR and equitable sum from the State coffers.....But surely we can find a fairer system than making millionaires out of them....and we simply must weed out those who falsely confess. I believe if we reward every individual who falsely confesses we open the State coffers to scam artists.
Practice safe sex.....Marry a death inmate...You'll never get none
Wilton Dedge hits the brakes every time he sees a patrol car, even if he’s driving under the speed limit. He keeps boxes of receipts from gas stations, stores and fast-food places — just in case he might have to prove where he was.
And he rarely goes anywhere alone.
Nearly two years after being freed from prison, the man who served 22 years for a rape he didn’t commit is terrified of being sent back.
“I still get nervous around police,” said Dedge, 44.
Twenty-four years ago, he was a high-school dropout who loved to surf and party when a Brevard County sheriff’s agent came looking for him at his parents’ home in Port St. John. He ended up being convicted twice and sentenced to life because a 17-year-old girl said he attacked her Dec. 8, 1981, and he couldn’t prove he was somewhere else.
Dedge was finally released in August 2004 after DNA testing confirmed his innocence. But nearly two years later, he remains scarred by all those years in jail as an innocent man.
He hasn’t made many close friends. He’s not sure who can be trusted.
He does have a girlfriend, and he moved into her home not long after his release. The woman, who declined to be interviewed and asked that her name not be used, has helped him adjust, Dedge said.
But he still feels like an outsider.
“When people start talking about the past, what all they did together, I feel kind of lost,” he said. “They have a past together, and I don’t.”
In some ways, Dedge said, he feels as though he’s still in his 20s. His once close-cropped blonde hair is now past his shoulders, the way he wore it before he was locked up.
But in other ways, he feels like an old man who has missed too much to start over.
He thinks it’s too late to have children.
“I don’t want to be 60 and not be able to play sports with my kids,” he said.
Dedge’s parents, who spent their life savings defending him, now are struggling to help him emotionally. After waiting years for her son’s freedom, Mary Dedge said she rarely sees him.
“The psychologist said that since we were the ones who always came to see him in prison that maybe when he sees us, he thinks of prison,” she said, adding that he gets upset at the mention of his time behind bars.
“Basically,” Dedge said, “I’m just trying to put it all behind me.”
Last year, he was awarded $2 million by state legislators to compensate for the lost years. He received $150,000 in December, and the rest bought an annuity that pays him in monthly installments over 20 years.
So far, he has purchased a 2006 Dodge Charger, an old 17-foot fishing boat and a used truck. He invested some of the money and is giving his parents 20 percent. But he still lives in the same modest house that he moved into after his release; he still mows lawns for a living — and he still would like to hear from the people who put him in jail and kept him there.
When state lawmakers passed the bill compensating Dedge, some of them also told him they were sorry. He would like to hear that from the victim whose misidentification ruined his life and from the prosecutors who blocked the DNA testing that could have freed him three years earlier.
“She has no reason to be scared of me, but I think she owes me at least a few minutes,” Dedge said of the victim, now 42, who was repeatedly raped and slashed with a box cutter inside her mobile home near Sharpes.
“I honestly believe she had some doubts but was pushed into it.”
Brevard prosecutors said the woman, who has never commented publicly about the case, was devastated when she learned she had accused the wrong man. The real rapist has never been caught.
“If I did somebody wrong, I would want to tell them I didn’t do it intentionally,” Dedge said.
He still is angry at prosecutors who pointed at him in court and called him a rapist.
“I was so embarrassed,” he said. “I thought they would be man enough to apologize to my face.”
Brevard State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, a defense attorney when Dedge was convicted, wrote him a letter of apology shortly after his release but Dedge said it seemed insincere.
“I have nothing but best wishes for him and certainly have apologized over and over again,” Wolfinger said. “And, I have no problem telling him in person if he wants to talk to me. It has just never been sufficient in the past evidently.”
Dedge said one of his deepest fears after being freed was that some people would still think he was guilty.
“But I think most people feel [the state] did me wrong and that no amount of compensation could be enough,” he said.
Since his release, Dedge has flown throughout the country attending showings of the film After Innocence, a documentary featuring his fight for freedom and the battles of other inmates who were wrongly convicted. He even played tambourine with the rock band Pearl Jam during a benefit concert in Camden, N.J. The proceeds went to the Innocence Project, the New York-based legal clinic that battled for a decade to win his release.
He has been photographed dozens of times and has captured countless headlines. But he doesn’t look at the pictures or read the stories. And he still can’t believe he performed on stage at a crowded concert.
“I don’t really like crowds,” he said.
Despite all the attention, Dedge hasn’t changed much from the shy man who held his father’s hand during his first news conference.
He would like to travel more and some day buy a two-bedroom, two-bath house on a small lot.
“I just want something that’s not too much work, something I can pay off in a short period of time,” he said. “I want that security.”
Dedge won’t reveal exactly how much he receives in his monthly annuity checks.
“You got a lot of criminals out there,” he said. “I know. I’ve met some of the worst.”
whats it worth when the state kills a wrongfully convicted person?
Not alot just a opppps i think...
even then who should the payment be made out to? the wrongfully convicted's family?
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seriously: I think Obama should have made them liquidate all their assets both business AND PERSONAL so they could climb over their own pile of s***; instead of expecting the American tax payers to do it.
Sept 1, 2019 20:35:38 GMT -5
seriously: Wake up people! Don't you realize that WE THE PEOPLE don't need the rich, THEY NEED US...to do the work that makes them richer so they don't have to clean their own toilets; and all we get is industrialized meats and crops, GMO's, antibiotic resistance.
Sept 1, 2019 20:38:53 GMT -5
seriously: Patented seed crops, running small farmer's out of business, toxic waste, poisoned water, dirty air, deforestation, global warming. By the way, who even wants to live in a GLOBAL GOVERNMENT world with a GLOBAL ECONOMY?
Sept 1, 2019 20:41:57 GMT -5
seriously: America should be more like Switzerland, fix our own 'broken wagon' and let the rest of the world fix theirs...it's not an U.S.A. problem. Screw oil, it pollutes the earth...GO SOLAR, WIND, WATER POWER! Screw the utility companies!
Sept 1, 2019 20:48:33 GMT -5
seriously: That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it. Best way to topple the rich...eliminate money and go back to the barter system; let the rich wipe their own bums and clean their own toilets...for a change! No more "Groom of the stool" for them.
Sept 1, 2019 20:51:50 GMT -5
seriously: Then banks and wall street can crash all they want; why should we be dragged down with them.
Sept 1, 2019 20:53:16 GMT -5
alanthony 007: hi, its alanthony; attorney " bartner and solicitor " for Miss Darlie Routier. I was out of town working on a high profile case. I'm back with an unusual part of the Law that will set my client free, so shall we proceed. first, everyone must listen to
Nov 27, 2019 20:52:02 GMT -5
Jeffery Daughtery: Walter Barton (Arkie) has been on Missouri's capital punishment row for many, many years. He has been through 5 trials! Each time is guilty. He'll finally go to hell on May 19, 2020...
Feb 22, 2020 20:23:42 GMT -5
Jeffery Daughtery: This site has a locked ARKIE BOARD shouting out his innocence. Shout it out to the devil that his son will be home soon...
Feb 22, 2020 20:25:41 GMT -5
alanthony 008: why would anyone give a s*** about Barton, he is convicted of killing a nobody, and he,s one too.
Mar 20, 2020 4:19:50 GMT -5
alanthony 008: you know.. two pieces of tailor trash, its a waist were even typing about it .. so off he goes, who cares.
Mar 20, 2020 4:30:41 GMT -5