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Crazy story.  How can they possibly compensate that woman for wrongfully spending most of her life in prison?

Woman's Conviction for 1980 Murder Is Overturned — and Judge Believes Cop Did It
The judge called Sandra Hemme — incarcerated for 43 years and still behind bars — "the victim of a manifest injustice"
By Emily Palmer  Published on June 17, 2024
https://people.com/sandra-hemme-woman-conviction-murder-overturned-judge-believes-cop-did-it-8664950

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Crazy story.  How can they possibly compensate that woman for wrongfully spending most of her life in prison?

Woman's Conviction for 1980 Murder Is Overturned — and Judge Believes Cop Did It
The judge called Sandra Hemme — incarcerated for 43 years and still behind bars — "the victim of a manifest injustice"
By Emily Palmer  Published on June 17, 2024
https://people.com/sandra-hemme-woman-conviction-murder-overturned-judge-believes-cop-did-it-8664950

Damn - from that article it appears the cops in that area liked to go after the wrong person
& get them convicted. 🤬🤬🤬

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I'd be homicidal when I got out.

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Crazy story.  How can they possibly compensate that woman for wrongfully spending most of her life in prison?

Woman's Conviction for 1980 Murder Is Overturned — and Judge Believes Cop Did It
The judge called Sandra Hemme — incarcerated for 43 years and still behind bars — "the victim of a manifest injustice"
By Emily Palmer  Published on June 17, 2024
https://people.com/sandra-hemme-woman-conviction-murder-overturned-judge-believes-cop-did-it-8664950

Hate to say it but she might be better off just staying in. 43 years of being institutionalized would be difficult for her to make it on the outside

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Hate to say it but she might be better off just staying in. 43 years of being institutionalized would be difficult for her to make it on the outside

I totally get what your saying.  Stories like this are so infuriating.  Can't even begin to imagine what she's feeling. 

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Hate to say it but she might be better off just staying in. 43 years of being institutionalized would be difficult for her to make it on the outside

I guess it partly depends on how much she will be compensated. 

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I guess it partly depends on how much she will be compensated.

There are way too many cases like this. How much can you compensate someone who spent all these years in prison unjustly? In many cases the states have passed laws to limit the amount they pay to unjustly incarcerated people so they may end up with very little money. But why should the taxpayers foot the bill once again? The cop in this case is dead (others involved who aided and abetted or covered up for him may be alive though) but even if he was alive he would not be sent to prison or pay anything out of his pocket.

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There are way too many cases like this. How much can you compensate someone who spent all these years in prison unjustly? In many cases the states have passed laws to limit the amount they pay to unjustly incarcerated people so they may end up with very little money. But why should the taxpayers foot the bill once again? The cop in this case is dead (others involved who aided and abetted or covered up for him may be alive though) but even if he was alive he would not be sent to prison or pay anything out of his pocket.

I hear you.  The problem is when these people (prosecutors, law enforcement, etc.) do bad things, the government is held responsible.  The government = taxpayers.  I don't mind the use of my tax dollars to compensate someone like this lady. 

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I hear you.  The problem is when these people (prosecutors, law enforcement, etc.) do bad things, the government is held responsible.  The government = taxpayers.  I don't mind the use of my tax dollars to compensate someone like this lady.

The government is not always held responsible, they often get away with crimes. But we need to hold these people personally liable.

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The government is not always held responsible, they often get away with crimes. But we need to hold these people personally liable.

I agree. 

That said, holding government officials personally liable doesn't solve the compensation problem if they don't have the money or assets to pay.

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There are way too many cases like this. How much can you compensate someone who spent all these years in prison unjustly? In many cases the states have passed laws to limit the amount they pay to unjustly incarcerated people so they may end up with very little money. But why should the taxpayers foot the bill once again? The cop in this case is dead (others involved who aided and abetted or covered up for him may be alive though) but even if he was alive he would not be sent to prison or pay anything out of his pocket.
Cape Fear showed how to deal with it. ;D

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I agree. 

That said, holding government officials personally liable doesn't solve the compensation problem if they don't have the money or assets to pay.

There are ways. Sending them to prison or executing them would be a start. They currently raid all the taxpayers for something only a few criminals did, why not start raiding their collective pension fund or their union's coffers? Maybe this way the other cops/prosecutors/govt officials will be more proactive in preventing these incidents instead of being complicit and covering up the crimes of their colleagues.

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There are ways. Sending them to prison or executing them would be a start. They currently raid all the taxpayers for something only a few criminals did, why not start raiding their collective pension fund or their union's coffers? Maybe this way the other cops/prosecutors/govt officials will be more proactive in preventing these incidents instead of being complicit and covering up the crimes of their colleagues.
Good idea.