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Bill Seeks To Award $1.9M To Man Wrongfully Incarcerated For 38 Years

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.

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Cyril's picture

Cheap. Indeed.

Cheap. Indeed.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Only $1.9 million?

If my youth was stolen from me, I'd be seeking a figure more in the range of $20 million. At the very least, the man is due $10 million. Could you even put a price on your freedom and your youth? I bet the IRS will want half of his $1.9 million too.

Incarcerate

Incarcerate those that illegally put him in jail.

That would be true justice.

scawarren's picture

Mr. Brown deserves the money

Mr. Brown deserves the money but it should be taken from the private pockets of the prosecutors, judge and others involved in this injustice.

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

+100

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Agreed,

If there was a jury involved, they should pay, as well.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Verry interesting.

However, the jury shouldn't be made to pay because they only receive the information allowed them by the judge and prosecutor.

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty" TJ

Then the Judge and Prosecutor should also pay up

but then not the jury.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

$1.9 Million for living 38 years of his life in hell?

Please.

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

I agree!

It should be 20 million or more for the 28 years he can never get back.