Lamonte mcintyre was convicted and sentenced to two terms of life in prison for the murders of donald ewing and doniel quinn back in 1994. As frequent and wellpublicized exonerations have been etched into the public consciousness over the last several years, a number of scholars have engaged in the study of compensation for such a groupthose wrongly convicted. Lamonte mcintyre spent 23 years behind bars for a double. In april 2000, 23yearold floyd bledsoe sat in an oskaloosa, kansas, courtroom awaiting the. New book recounts effort to clear man wrongfully convicted in. A man who spent 17 years in prison after being wrongfully being convicted of a robbery committed by someone who looks just like him will receive. Mcintyre was wrongly convicted of the 1994 murders. This is the third case in kansas in which compensation has been granted since the 2018 wrongfulconviction law was enacted.
The bill of rights provides nineteen separate rights for the alleged criminal offender, including the right to effective legal representation and the right to be judged without regard to race or creed. The guide to law online contains a selection of kansas legal, judicial, and governmental sources accessible through the internet links provide access to primary documents, legal commentary, and general government information about specific jurisdictions and topics. The innocence movement lies at this intersection between law and. If it is signed into law, senate bill 125 would make kansas which. Innocence projects chart of state laws that provide for exoneree compensation. Kansas statutes chapter 60 article 19 wrongful death. Kansas lawmakers pass bill to compensate wrongfully convicted. Kansas has no law on payouts for wrongly incarcerated.
Those proven to have been wrongfully convicted through postconviction dna testing spend, on average, more than 14 years behind bars. Wrongful conviction compensation statutes the compensation to people wrongly imprisoned varies widely by state, and in 24 states, there is no money awarded at all. Today, the kansas legislature passed one of the strongest laws in the country to compensate people who have been exonerated of wrongful convictions. Wrongfully convicted man who spent 23 years in prison will. Kansas no longer fighting claims of wrongly convicted man.
Mcintyre, wrongly convicted of a 1994 double murder in kansas city, kan. Kansas is one of 18 states that has no law on the books to compensate someone locked up on a botched conviction, says the innocence. Wrongful conviction attorneys and false imprisonment lawyers. There were many more great books on the issue in the 2000s than we can name here, however, so please visit our book list for more good reads. The american criminal justice system contains numerous safeguards to prevent the conviction of innocent persons. Features wrongful conviction and innocence resources on the. Wrongful conviction and imprisonment cases peoples law office. Mar 15, 2017 what do states owe people who are wrongfully convicted. A bill compensating the wrongfully convicted cleared the kansas legislature on thursday, culminating a twoyear effort to make good on past wrongs. An empirical reexamination of state statutory compensation. In april 2000, 23yearold floyd bledsoe sat in an oskaloosa, kansas, courtroom awaiting the verdict in his firstdegree murder trial in the.
Wrongful convictions, civil rights lawsuits and imprisonment wrongfully convicted inmates. Jeff colyer to sign, the wrongfully convicted would be able to get financial compensation for their wrongful imprisonment. Less than a month after dropping its opposition to lamonte mcintyres lawsuit for remuneration under kansas wrongful conviction statutes, the state announced a. This is the first lawsuit filed under the mistakenconviction statute, which provid. Ap one year after kansas lawmakers agreed to compensate people who were wrongfully convicted and incarcerated, the state. Kansas man who blamed wrongful conviction on lookalike. Kansas bill would compensate wrongfully convicted people. The human rights defense center is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of the human rights of people held in u.
The house joined the senate on thursday when it unanimously approved the bill and sent it to the governor to sign. This list includes people who have been legally exonerated, including people whose convictions have been overturned or vacated, and who have not been retried because the charges were dismissed by the states. Lamonte mcintyre and floyd bledsoe, both wrongfully convicted, urged kansas. The suit was filed under a mistakenconviction statute that passed in kansas. Terms used in kansas statutes chapter 60 article 19. Aug 22, 2017 new book recounts effort to clear man wrongfully convicted in rape. Kansas prisoner convicted of sodomy entitled to dna testing. Dec 01, 2002 25 after trial, however, in the states that have not adopted statutes giving convicted defendants the right to seek dna testing, 26 the disposition of physical evidence rests largely in the discretion of prosecutors, police officers in evidence rooms, and court clerks. Kansas legislature passes wrongful conviction compensation law. My parents werent rich, so i couldnt ask them for help.
Jonathan shorman covers kansas politics and the legislature for. The compensation to people wrongly imprisoned varies widely by state, and in 24 states, there is no money awarded at all. The midwest innocence project was founded at the university of missouri kansas city umkc school of law in 2000 as a 501c3 nonprofit corporation and operates today as an independent organization in partnership with the university of missouri kansas city and columbia schools of law, the university of kansas and local legal communities. Aaron patterson, where attorneys from peoples law office obtained a landmark decision in the illinois supreme court that won patterson a new hearing on his claims of torture. Murder and injustice in a small town is a 2006 true crime book by john grisham, his only nonfiction title as of 2020. Once he signs it, kansas will be the 33 rd state to enact a wrongful conviction compensation law. These old law prisoners are serving sentences imposed prior to enactment of the states 1992 sentencing guideline act, which was designed to eliminate racial. Wrongly imprisoned in kansas now and state pays nothing, but bill. The book tells the story of ronald ron keith williamson of ada, oklahoma, a former minor league baseball player who was wrongly convicted in 1988 of the rape and murder of debra sue carter in ada and was sentenced to death.
Wrongfully convicted kansans finally will get restitution. Texas has the best statute because in addition to getting. This is the first of three reports on the case of a kansas city man who spent 23 years in prison despite substantial evidence that he is innocent and only was convicted because of a flawed justice system. Settlement reached in wrongful conviction the wichita eagle. Wrongfully convicted and imprisoned kansans could get compensation for spending. Enactment of a federal antilynching bill would have special resonance for adl. A special in depth look at two men who were imprisoned for crimes they did not commit and their efforts to get just compensation. Compensation for wrongful conviction, wrongful incarceration, and. This is the third case in kansas in which compensation has been granted since the 2018 wrongful conviction law was enacted. Book recommendationsdiscussion wrongful convictions blog.
Kansas owes nothing to man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years. New senate bill for compensating the wrongly convicted. New kansas law to compensate wrongfully convicted defendants. Under a bill the kansas legislature has sent to gov. This is a list of wrongful convictions in the united states. Hundreds of kansas prisoners who committed crimes prior to july 1, 1993 are serving sentences that would have been much shorter under current law. That moving tribute compels me to start this article with an apology. List of wrongful convictions in the united states wikipedia. Lamonte is grateful for the benefits of the compensation statute, but he knows his fight for justice is far from over. In 19, the same year adl was founded, leo frank, a jewish factory owner in atlanta, was wrongly convicted of rape and murder of one of his young employees, following a trial rife with antisemitism. Mar 22, 2017 an appropriate measure of a just society is how it treats those whom the government harms most severely. Mcintyre was 17 years old when he was wrongfully convicted for the 1994 murders of donald ewing and doniel quinn. Civil action for persons who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. We need this law in kansas, bledsoe told lawmakers.
The book tells the story of ronald ron keith williamson of ada, oklahoma, a former minor league baseball player who was wrongly convicted in 1988 of the rape and murder of debra sue carter. Mar 11, 2020 h an offender who violates the provisions of this section may also be prosecuted for, convicted of, and punished for any other offense in article 54, 55, 56 or 58 of chapter 21 of the kansas statutes annotated, or k. This shift includes the waiver or transfer of more juvenile offenders to criminal court than in the past. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. My empirical study of wrongful conviction compensation, described in section i of this article, turns people into categories, tags, codes, numbers, and statistical units, a necessary but dehumanizing contrast to. Floyd bledsoe, center, after walking out of the oskaloosa, kansas, courthouse a free man in december 2015, after new evidence showed he was wrongly convicted of murder in 2000. Kansas city how much is a year of your life in prison worth. Why is mississippi the best state in which to be exonerated.
Wrongfullyconvicted kansas men warn about the dangers of. Features wrongful conviction and innocence resources on the internet by ken strutin, 10 jun 2006 ken strutin jd, mls is an experienced law librarian, criminal defense attorney, and wellknown writer and speaker. Oct 16, 2017 kansas is one of 18 states without compensation statutes, providing no money to innocent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. All general laws enacted by the legislature are arranged and published in the kansas statutes annotated k. Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries. Compensating the wrongly convicted innocence project.
Kansas office of revisor of statutes frequently asked. Mar 14, 2017 floyd bledsoe, center, after walking out of the oskaloosa, kansas, courthouse a free man in december 2015, after new evidence showed he was wrongly convicted of murder in 2000. I support compensating the wrongly convicted in kansas. Pursuant to the act, if the death of a person is caused by the wrongful act or omission of another, an action may be maintained for the damages, if the former might have maintained the action had he or she lived, in accordance with the provisions of this article, against the wrongdoer, or his or her personal representative if. Lamonte mcintyre, convicted of a 1994 double homicide in kansas city, kan. Kansas is one of 18 states without specific statutory compensation for those who are. A crooked cop, an innocent man, and an unlikely journey of forgiveness and friendship mcgee, jameel zookie, collins, andrew, tabb, mark on. A wrongfully convicted kansas man can now sue the corrupt. Providing compensation for a person who was wrongfully. Kansas man wrongfully convicted of double murder receives. Many states, including kansas, are trying to figure out what people like. As we embark on a new decade, heres a roundup of 10 mustread books on wrongful convictions and criminal justice reform from the last 10 years, in no particular order. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. New kansas law to compensate wrongfully convicted defendants by mitchell willetts may 15, 2018 gmt topeka, kan.
A new kansas law will grant cash compensation to wrongly convicted residents for time served behind bars following three highprofile releases of three innocent defendants in three years. Thats what kansas lawmakers have debated for years. Kansas man wrongfully imprisoned for 23 years receives no. Richard jones spent 17 years in a kansas prison for a robbery. Find wrongful conviction information and resources. The agony of prison life and the complete loss of freedom are only compounded by the feelings of what might have been, but for the wrongful conviction.
Ku law project for innocence helps free wrongfully convicted. Tried at age 18, he was wrongly convicted and sent to prison until, at age 41, he was finally released to his joyous and tearful family. Wrongfully convicted kansas men warn about the dangers of jailhouse witness testimony the wichita eagle. Kansas no longer fighting claims of wrongly convicted man kansas is dropping its fight against the compensation claim from a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide. The first trial ended in november 1981 with a hung jury. At a signing ceremony at the mount zion church of god in christ in kansas city, gov. Office of justice programs office of juvenile justice and. Once he signs it, kansas will be the 33rd state to enact a wrongful conviction compensation law. What do states owe people who are wrongfully convicted. The kansas wrongful death statute can be found in k. Kansas sentencing law creates disparity for old law prisoners.
A wrongfully convicted kansas man can now sue the corrupt cop who framed him lamonte mcintyre served 23 years in prison for murders that he did not commit. That includes protecting their rights when theyve been wrongly accused or wrongly imprisoned and need exoneration to gain their freedom. Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder judge or jury to decide the case for one side or the other. Here you can see which states have statutes and what they consist of. Innocence resources and wrongfully convicted legal representation.
May 15, 2018 a new kansas law will grant cash compensation to wrongly convicted residents for time served behind bars following three highprofile releases of three innocent defendants in three years. Kansas owes nothing to man wrongfully imprisoned for 23. May 06, 2017 jarrett adams who was wrongly convicted of sexual assault in 1997, now clerks at court that gave him freedom steven mark chaney who was imprisoned for 28 years for the 1987 slayings of two people in dallas was released monday after his conviction based on nowdiscredited bitemark analysis was overturned. This includes people in state and federal prisons, local jails, immigration detention centers, civil commitment facilities, bureau of indian affairs jails, juvenile facilities and.
If youve been falsely accused of a crime or wrongly convicted, contact the neal davis law firm for your free case evaluation as soon as possible. In 2019, mcintyre filed a lawsuit against the state of kansas under their compensation for wrongful conviction and imprisonment statute, which allows those who have been wrongfully convicted. A wrongfully convicted kansas man who spent 23 years in. Taking a closer look at compensation laws in the u. Randy steidl, who was wrongly convicted and sentenced to death for a double murder after police hid evidence establishing his innocence. Jeff colyer turned to lamonte mcintyre and floyd bledsoe, two of the three kansas men who were most recently released. At the end of the second trial he was convicted of aggravated burglary, aggravated battery and rape. Many states, including kansas, are trying to figure out what people like bledsoe are owed for the time they spent behind bars. Ap insights ap definitive source ap images spotlight ap explore ap books. The state owes them more than an apology the kansas city star. Get full access to the kansas city star content across all your devices.160 330 348 1099 376 669 764 716 330 536 758 1037 74 792 973 736 273 1462 1172 813 424 344 137 336 469 643 62 38 47 1391 673 1388 1138 1289 1375 1153 1193 719 1376