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Tag Archives: Wrongful conviction

Exoneree compensation bill fails to pass as Republicans object (access required)

Walter Lomax

The General Assembly failed to pass legislation that would streamline the process for the wrongfully convicted to receive compensation and other benefits, frustrating advocates who hoped that years of work would finally pay off. The bill, named after exoneree Walter ...

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Issue of exoneree compensation returns to General Assembly (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — A push to reform and streamline the way Maryland compensates the wrongly convicted was heard in two General Assembly committees Wednesday. Senate Bill 797 and House Bill 985 propose requiring the Maryland Board of Public Works to pay individuals ...

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Advocates, exonerees ask for safeguards on use of jailhouse witnesses (access required)

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates battling wrongful convictions asked legislators Tuesday to increase transparency around the use of so-called jailhouse witnesses by requiring the disclosure of information to the defendant and a statewide database that tracks when witnesses testify as part of ...

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$15M verdict returns to 4th Circuit, could be reargued (access required)

A federal appeals court won’t adopt briefs and arguments already made in Baltimore’s appeal of a $15 million wrongful conviction verdict, issuing an order Tuesday and rejecting the city’s request to expedite matters. A three-judge panel for the 4th U.S. Circuit ...

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Federal judge dismisses outstanding claim by wrongfully convicted man (access required)

A federal judge dismissed an outstanding claim by a man wrongfully convicted in 1995, finding the $15 million jury verdict he received in 2017 exhausted his relief options. Sabein Burgess was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Michelle Dyson, and sentenced to life ...

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‘American Taliban’ slated for prison release this week

Welcome to Monday, the 41st anniversary of Affirmed’s victory in the Preakness Stakes. Here are some news items to get your week started: — The “American Taliban” is scheduled to be released from prison this week. — A California man ...

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Baltimore seeks dismissal of outstanding claim in wrongful conviction suit (access required)

A wrongfully convicted man who already obtained a $15 million verdict against a Baltimore Police Department detective will continue litigating a claim of constitutional violations against the department after a federal appeals court dismissed an appeal of the verdict because the ...

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