Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill for Increased Compensation for Exoneree
Six months after legislation was introduced that would compensate Wisconsin exoneree Robert Lee Stinson an additional $90,000 for the 23 years he spent in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder, the Senate unanimously approved payment Tuesday.
Stinson was convicted based on the invalidated expert testimony of a bite mark analyst whose conclusions were uncontested at trial. Represented by Wisconsin Innocence Project, Stinson was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009 and received the $25,000 maximum compensation from the Claims Board a year later.
The Associated Press reported that the Senate passed a bill in November that would give Stinson $136,000, but in March that was scaled back to $90,000 by the Assembly.
Senate Bill 249, also known as the Stinson bill, now awaits a signature from Governor Scott Walker.
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