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NY AG's bill aims to help wrongfully convicted

Updated: 02/19/2014 1:29 PM
Created: 02/19/2014 1:14 PM WHEC.com

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing legislation to help those wrongfully convicted of a crime file claims against the state.

Schneiderman outlined his plan Wednesday at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

He says current law hinders those who were wrongfully imprisoned and then had their convictions overturned.

The attorney general said they must be allowed to put their lives back together again.

The Unjust Imprisonment Act would strip away restrictions that block lawsuits by people seeking financial damages after being coerced into false confessions or exonerated by DNA evidence.

It would also increase the amount of time those wrongfully convicted have to file a claim from two years to three.

The bill must pass the state Legislature to be enacted into law.



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