Yesterday, the Florida Senate passed an individual claims bill that would pay 2006 DNA exoneree Alan Crotzer $1.25 million for his 24.5 years of wrongful incarceration. Last week, the Florida House of Representatives passed an identical measure.
The only thing now standing between Alan and compensation is the signature of Governor Crist and the speed in which the folks over at the Department of Financial Services can cut the check. Governor Crist has indicated publicly that he will sign the bill as soon as it gets to his desk.
This is a momentous day for Alan, his family and advocates, as well as the people of Florida. Alan will now be the second Florida DNA exoneree to be compensated (2004 exoneree Wilton Dedge was compensated in December 2005 after spending 22 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit).
You can view the claims bill here.
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Friday, April 4, 2008