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State to pay innocent man $6M for 20 years in prison

Miguel Roman, who served 20 years, six months and 10 days in prison for a murder the state concedes he did not commit, was awarded $6 million Monday by the state claims commissioner. DNA evidence exonerated him in 2008 and convicted another man in 2011. Continue Reading →

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Questions about a $16.8 million award — and the meaning of innocence

Sean Adams, free after 17 years, hugs the daughter born after his arrest.

State Claims Commissioner J. Paul Vance Jr. and his role as the sole authority over how Connecticut reimburses the wrongly incarcerated faces questions at the State Capitol after his award of $16.8 million last month to four former members of a New Haven street gang, the Island Brothers. Are the standards clear? And should his awards be subject to review? Continue Reading →

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Obama puts CT accomplishments on national ‘to do’ list

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and first lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address.

WASHINGTON — In his State of the Union speech, President Obama’s “to do” list was much like Connecticut’s “already done” list. “I’ll keep pushing for progress on the work that still needs doing,” the president said. “Protecting kids from gun violence, equal pay for equal work, paid leave, raising the minimum wage.” Continue Reading →

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Hartford case helped inspire tax relief for wrongfully convicted

James Tillman surrounded by media after his release.

WASHINGTON — East Hartford resident James Tillman was convicted of rape and jailed for almost 18 years before a DNA test exonerated and freed him in 2006. Congress is now adding to the restitution Tillman, and hundreds of wrongfully convicted people, received for the wrong the judicial system did them. Continue Reading →

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