On Air Now

Current Show

The Mike McFeely Show   2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fargo City Commissioner joins the show to talk about different things going on in the city of Fargo.

Show Info »

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Listen

Listen Live Now » 790 AM Fargo-Moorhead

Weather

Current Conditions(Fargo,ND 58103)

More Weather »
77° Feels Like: 78°
Wind: SSW 10 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0”
Current Radar for Zip

Today

Partly Cloudy 77°

Tonight

Partly Cloudy 57°

Tomorrow

Mostly Sunny 81°

Alerts

Bill would compensate people wrongly imprisoned

Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. By AlexiusHoratius (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. By AlexiusHoratius (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully imprisoned in Minnesota.

The measure would give those who are wrongfully convicted at least $50,000 a year for every year behind bars.

Such a bill could help people like Koua Fong Lee, whose conviction in a crash involving a Toyota was overturned when a problem with the car surfaced. Lee was exonerated after three years in prison.

Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, is the chief author of House bill. He says compensating people like Lee is the right thing to do.

The Minnesota County Attorneys Association is opposed. Executive Director John Kingrey says some people who have charges dismissed aren't necessarily innocent. He's working with the bill's authors on a compromise.

Comments