$1.35 million for 27 years

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  1. Shivvy

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    http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/florida-house-oks-1-35-million-for-man-2197863.html


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    TALLAHASSEE — An emotional William Dillon looked on Friday as the Florida House agreed to pay him $1.35 million as compensation for spending more than 27 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit.

    The House voted 107-5 to approve the bill (SB 2) authorizing the payment. The Senate already approved the bill, but because the House made some changes, it must go back to the Senate, which is expected to OK the measure as early as next week.

    "It's been quite a journey," said Dillon, who choked back tears following the House vote. "Money doesn't really take care of what we had to deal with, but it will help me get something."

    Dillon said he considered the claims bill an apology from the state.

    "Ultimately, it is about just saying, 'We're sorry this happened to you,' " he said.

    Dillon, 52, who lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., was convicted of the 1981 murder of James Dvorak in Brevard County's Canova Beach. Witnesses placed him near the murder scene and his alibi didn't stand up to a jury.

    It wasn't until 2005 that the Innocence Project, which works to free those thought to be wrongfully convicted, was directed to his case.

    DNA testing of a bloody shirt that prosecutors said was worn by the victim showed Dillon was not the killer.

    After he won a new trial, prosecutors dropped charges against him, saying they didn't have sufficient evidence or witnesses to pursue the case.

    Some of the original witnesses against Dillon testified only after Brevard County prosecutors threatened them with jail time for other crimes, researchers found.

    "It's justifiable," Dillon said of the settlement. "When something is wrong, it's wrong."

    It is one of two claims bills that Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, sponsored and made top priorities this year and last. Time expired on them in the 2011 session before the House could vote, although they passed in the Senate.

    The other bill (HB 445) would compensate Eric Brody for debilitating injuries he suffered in a 1998 car accident with a Broward County sheriff's deputy. It was one of 15 claims bills approved by the House Judiciary Committee Friday.

    The Brody bill reflects a $10.75 million settlement negotiated by attorneys for Brody, the sheriff's office and an insurer. The Senate has already passed a similar bill.

    The News Service of Florida contributed to this story.

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    that's probably a dollar per buttfucking
     
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    Finally the White Man has a day of justice! :coffee:
     
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    i bet the shithead attys took a third plus bogus expenses:c
     
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    $50K per year, I'd rather have been free, I hope he doesn't have to pay taxes on it, it would be funny if he gets sent back to jail for tax evasion.
     
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    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to GHP again.
     
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    Stop the clock.... When did we start wrongfully accusing white people?
     
  9. Shivvy

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    thatd be some shit
     
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    This is why I am against the Death Penalty.

    And 1.35 mill is absolutely NOTHING compared to 27 years of your life buttraped away, and your family destroyed.
     
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    I'm for the death penalty if there is no doubt as to the guilt like the blaek guy who gunned people down on the LIRR.
     
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    No way, he'll be broke in 5 years
     
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    Judgments like this or accident claims are tax exempt. Which is lucky because taxes on earned income such as bonuses go at 38%. The lawyers probably got 33%.