Oklahoma Exoneree Awaits Compensation


After being exonerated in July of robbery and burglary convictions, an Oklahoma man was formally vacated of the charges by a Tulsa County judge Thursday. But without a declaration of actual innocence, Sedrick Courtney’s wait for compensation continues, reported The Duncan Banner. The state caps compensation for the wrongfully convicted at $175,000.

David Loftis, an attorney for the Innocence Project representing Courtney, said it would have been better for the judge to have declared actual innocence. But he said the ruling does not necessarily preclude Courtney from being compensated.

“He has faith he will be compensated,” said Loftis, adding that the ruling is a “little bump in the road” toward that goal.

Courtney was wrongfully convicted in Tulsa and spent 15 years in prison and a year on parole before DNA testing proved his innocence. 

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