Friday, October 31, 2014

Wrongful Imprisonment

The Mississippi Supreme Court decided Tipton v. State located here.  This is an interesting case dealing with compensation for wrongfully convicted individuals under Mississippi Code Annotated 11-44-7.  The Supreme Court actually reversed a decision it had made earlier in the case and on rehearing determines that house arrest is imprisonment within the meaning of the statute allowing the individual to recover for time spent on house arrest also.  This is an interesting statute section to read through.  The statute does not seem to require proof of fault by the state and allows for a set amount of compensation for an individual along with the payment of attorney's fees by the state for bringing the claim. 

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