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Compensating Colorado's Wrongfully Convicted

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Posted: November 6, 2012   2:15 PM

Photo: Exoneree Robert Dewey riding with friend Lara McClearen.
Innocence Project client Robert Dewey was released from Colorado’s Mesa County Courthouse on April 30 after DNA testing proved his innocence in a 1994 Grand Junction murder. Six months later, Dewey survives on Social Security payments, assistance from the Innocence Project’s Exoneree Fund, and donations from members of the public, reported the Denver Post.
Dewey’s release marked the first DNA exoneration in the state and sparked a conversation about compensating the wrongfully convicted. Presently, Colorado is one of 23 states without a compensation statute, but Rep. Angela Williams hopes to change that. According to the Denver Post:

Rep. Angela Williams, a Denver Democrat who's gathering opinions from prosecutors and defense-minded advocates, is still working to hammer out the more controversial details of the bill she'll sponsor when the state legislature convenes in January.
"Everyone believes this is the right thing to do," Williams said. "The easy part of this is deciding 'What do we give them?' The hard part is figuring out all the different scenarios that could happen in a court room" and who counts as "wrongfully convicted."

The Innocence Project’s model legislation for a state compensation bill provides monetary compensation to people who have been wrongfully convicted because of actual innocence, whether exonerated through DNA testing, or pardoned, or through some other means.
Read the full article.
Read the Innocence Project’s model legislation.
Read about Dewey’s case.
National View: 27 States Have Compensation Statutes: Is Yours One?

James H Steele Jr says:
Oct 08, 2015 04:27 PM

I have specific information regards the conviction of Andrew Johnson in the 20th district court of Domestic violence that was suppressed by the district Attorney and the public defender. The evidence was a statement by the alleged victim, one Alicia Cundiff, hand written for me to send to my attorney to get his feedback for her. My involvement was in aiding and housing the pair temporarily at my condo where the incident occurred. Note the email messages to and from my attorney regarding her statement are available for examination. Note both the DA and the public defender were aware of the statement, yet I was not questioned as to its authenticity. My email is

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