Thursday, June 30, 2011
Earning it the hard way
The Texas Comptroller approved compensation to Anthony Graves for his false conviction under provisions in the new HB 417 just passed by the 82nd Texas Legislature. Congrats to Anthony and to everybody who helped him seek compensation. Just like exonerees freed on habeas writs, he'll receive $80K per year incarerated in a lump sum (around $1.4 million) and a like amount spread out over a lifetime annuity. Eighteen years incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit; 12 of them on death row (including two execution dates set). That's earning it the hard way!