Wrongful Conviction Compensation

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled that Frank Sanders Tipton won’t be compensated for the two years he spent wrongfully under house arrest.
The Supreme Court threw out Tipton’s extortion conviction in 2010. Tipton applied for and was qualified for the state’s wrongly convicted compensation fund.
The state says Tipton will receive about $41,000 for the 300 days in spent locked up. Tipton says he deserves compensation for two years of house arrest, about $100,000 more.
Tipton sued but a Jackson County judge sided with the state.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 ruling Thursday denying Tipton’s appeal, found the compensation fund covers only the time a person was behind bars.
The court said house arrest is an “alternative to incarceration” and not covered by the compensation law.

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3/24/2014 4:19:34 AM (GMT -5:00)

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