Monday, January 18, 2010

Exonerated man likely to receive millions in compensation

Here is a Hutchinson News article reporting that Eddie Lowry, who spent 10 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, will receive $7.5 million in compensation if the civil defendants approve the recommended settlement. The article notes that
Lowery's attorneys contend that officers who interrogated him denied his repeated requests for an attorney, provided him details of the rape and then coerced him into confessing to the crime.
I guess I just think this points out that a lot of what some people perceive as "technicalities" are not technicalities, but fundamental protections. The right to counsel helps to prevent false confessions and, in turn, wrongful convictions.

Here is a follow-up article in the Topeka Capital-Journal after the defendants have accepted the settlement.

Here is another article reporting on attorney Barry Clark and his decade-long effort to exonerate Mr. Lowery.

No comments: