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Monday, November 21, 2005

Avery bill comes to a halt

As part of the Avery Bill, Steven Avery was just about to be given $428,000 in compensation for the 18 years he'd spent in prison after being falsely accused of raping a woman.
But in light of recent charges for killing a 25 year-old Hilbert photographer, some legislators say rather than inspiring support for the wrongfully convicted Avery has now become the "poster child for the death penalty" in Wisconsin's latest push to reinstate executions in the state, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Avery had just been paid $25,000 plus $23,000 for legal fees by the state. But because of his current situation the Avery Bill has been put on the back shelf.
"I bought him pop, beef jerky and pork rinds in my office. I apologized to him on behalf of the state. In a sense he was my hero, I thought he was a humble man," said State Senator David Zien, one of the six legislators who backed the bill.

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