Those wrongfully convicted of a crime in New York State would may soon have more legal recourse.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing revisions in state law to let more people wrongfully convicted bring damage claims against the state. He will unveil the proposal on Wednesday.
The legislation would amend current law to clarify that a person who falsely confessed or pleaded guilty may remain eligible to pursue a claim. The law now requires showing the person "did not by his own conduct cause or bring about his conviction." He would also change other provisions for resubmitting claims and extending the statute of limitations.
In 2008, Roy Brown was awarded $2.6 million in a settlement for spending 15 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. Brown was convicted of the 1991 murder of Cayuga County social worker Sabina Kulakowski. DNA eventually cleared him of the crime.
According to the Innocence Project, 27 people have had convictions reversed since 1991 because of DNA evidence in New York, and at least 10 made false incriminating statements or pleaded guilty.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.