Bill Seeks To Award $1.9M To Man Wrongfully Incarcerated For 38 YearsSubmitted by Jao171 on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:36
In a rare event, a politician is sticking his neck out and seeking justice for a man that the system has chewed-up and spit out. State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, has drafted legislation to provide $1.9 million in compensation to Barney Brown. The bill (SB 48), which will be considered during the 2015 legislative session, would attempt to compensate Mr. Brown for wrongfully incarcerating him for thirty-eight years. The measure is “based on a moral desire to acknowledge those who are wrongfully convicted of a felony offense, incarcerated as a result of that conviction, and determined to be actually innocent.”
It is refreshing to see a politician fighting to protect the individual rights of citizens, especially when the government was the responsible party for the individual’s rights being violated.
If anyone deserves compensation for being wronged by the legal system, it is Barney Brown. He spent thirty-eight years locked in a cage for a crime that he did not commit. Additionally, the conviction was a clear constitutional double jeopardy violation and the charges themselves were probably brought against Brown primarily because of his race. This fate would cause even the most even-keeled man to be consumed by vindictive rage. But not Barney Brown.
The story of Barney Brown tells the tale of a man battered, but not broken, by the legal system.