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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