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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Utah legislature presents compensation bill

Utah Rep. David Litvak, D-Salt Lake City, introduced a bill to the Utah legislature Sunday to compensate the wrongfully convicted. The bill would give them $40,000 a year for their time in prison and those falsely accused and serving death sentences up to $70,000 a year, reports the Salt Lake City Tribune.
The first person wrongfully convicted of a crime in Utah was Bruce Goodman who was incarcerated for bearing a 21-year-old woman in 1986, and exonerated after the testing of body fluids left on the victim proved him innocent.
According to University of Utah law students, atleast 20 other states have passed wrongful conviction compensation bills.


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