Bill Aims to Pay Those Wrongly Imprisoned

Created: 03/27/2014 3:28 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Lawmakers are considering a bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully imprisoned in Minnesota.

The measure would give those who are wrongfully convicted at least $50,000 a year for every year behind bars.

Minnesota Public Radio News reports such a bill could help people like Koua Fong Lee, whose conviction in a crash involving a Toyota was set aside after new evidence showed owners of similar cars had experienced issues with sudden acceleration.

Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, says compensating people like Lee is the right thing to do.

The Minnesota County Attorneys Association is opposed. Executive Director John Kingrey says some people who have charges dismissed aren't necessarily innocent. He's working with the bill's authors on a compromise.

MGN Online