Tennessee Lawmaker Frustrated with Exoneration Process

Alejandra de la Fuente — October 21, 2016 @ 1:26 PM — Comments (1)

Although the growing number of exonerations is something to celebrate, the exoneration process is a lengthy one—something that a Tennessee lawmaker has recently expressed his frustrations about. Nike Air Max 2016 Homme State Representative Mark Pody got involved in the effort to exonerate Lawrence McKinney about six months ago. McKinney was convicted in 1978 for a rape and burglary that he did not commit and was sentenced to 100 years and 10-15 years, respectively. nike air presto bambini After DNA evidence showed he was not responsible, McKinney was released in 2009 after spending 31 years wrongfully incarcerated. McKinney then had his record expunged, but it was not enough for him. Adidas Yeezy 350 Femme He has been fighting for his exoneration, in which the state would declare him innocent, making him eligible to file for compensation. Asics Gel Kayano Evo Homme After getting involved in the case, Pody now feels the board of parole misled him on how long it would take for them to provide Governor Bill Haslam with a recommendation to consider on McKinney’s exoneration. Adidas Zx Flux Homme Rouge In March, the parole board was provided with the information they needed in order to review McKinney’s case. nike air max 90 uomo According to Pody, he was told several weeks later that the board would provide a recommendation by early June. Nike Air Max 90 Femme Noir Et Blanc Last week, however, Pody was told that board members had not yet received the information and that a September hearing may be a possibility. In addition, he was also told that the governor, who ultimately decides exoneration requests and does not have to adhere to the board’s recommendation, usually makes those decisions near the end of a term, which for Haslam would be January 2019. New Balance 997 homme According to the Tennessee Board of Parole, however, Pody was told that board members would receive the information materials within two weeks. Expressing his frustration with the process during a press conference, Pody reminded those involved that they are dealing with someone’s life, and demanded specific dates and people for when and by whom McKinney’s exoneration request would be addressed. Senator Mae Beavers agreed with Pody, stating that people should have a right to a speedy exoneration just as they have a right to a speedy trial. nike tn femme blanche This is actually McKinney’s second request for exoneration, as he applied soon after his release from prison.

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