TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – More than 40 years ago, Barney Brown was convicted of rape in Miami-Dade County.READ MORE: As US Confirms First Omicron Case, CDC Works To Step Up Testing Requirements
This week state Rep. Gwyn Clarke-Reed of Deerfield Beach filed a bill seeking $1.9 million in compensation for Brown because of wrongful incarceration.
Clarke-Reed’s bill mirrors a proposal filed in July by Sen. Dwight Bullard of Miami.READ MORE: Arrest Made In Miami-Dade In Connection With Murder Of Palm Beach Gardens Boy
Brown served 38 years in prison before a circuit judge vacated the conviction in 2008 because “significant doubt existed as to his guilt,” the House bill said. In proposing the $1.9 million for Brown, the bill said it is “based on a moral desire to acknowledge those who are wrongfully convicted of a felony offense, incarcerated as a result of that conviction, and determined to be actually innocent.”
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.MORE NEWS: Asian American Artists Celebrated During Art Basel: 'Through Hardships, We Could Look At Diversity And See It As Strength'
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