A bill to help the wrongfully convicted
ITS DIFFICULT TO IMPOSSIBLE TOGET ANY KIND OF COMPENSATIONFOR YOUR TIME SERVED.
WMAR2NEWSFOLLOWING THE INNOCENCEPROJECTS EFFORTS TO CHANGETHAT IN ANNAPOLIS.
HE'S GIVINGUS NEW INSIGHT INTO THE WALTERLOMAX BILL THAT IS NOW OSTEP AWAY FROM BECOMING LAW.Eddie looklive There is about20 people this willimmediately impact who havebeen waiting for compensation.While the bill still needs tobe signed by the Governor theInnocence Project says this isa win that shoultaken this long.
Take pkg ForWalter Lomax the journey tocompensation for his wrongfulconviction has been long.Nathanial Erb InnocenceProject 1:52-1:58“Walter isjust glad that other exonoreeswill be helped and wonto go through the arduousprocess that he and others hadto go through” The bill thatis named after him just passedthrough Congress and is now onthe Governors desk to besigned.
It would makecompensation equal to themedian household income forthe time they wrongfulserved.
It would change thedecision on compensation fromthe hands of the board ofpublic works.
Kirk Bloodsworthis one of the many exonoreeswho will finally be able toget some compensation.2:16-2:29“finally seeing thatand seeing that recognition ofthe injustice that was done tohim spoken on the floor.
Itwe can do as a state forpeople like him” In themeantime another criminaljustice reform bill nameafter Anton Black.
Just passedthrough the House backed bythe ACLU and Senator JiCarter.
5:06-5:29“It movesthe public records ofcomplaints against lawenforcement officers.
Rightnow all records cannot bedisclosed whatsoever throughpublic information requests inthe state.
This moves itoutside of that category sothat information can beaccessed through a request.
Italso allows the AttorneyGeneral, Federal Prosecutors,and State Prosecutors toaccess that for investigatingthe actions of officers”Eddie looklive On averagearound 2 people are exoneratedin Maryland a year.
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For WMAR2 News IEddie Kadhim.A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL ISRECOVERING TONIGHT AFTER