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Bill would compensate people wrongly imprisoned

Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. By AlexiusHoratius (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Minnesota State Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. By AlexiusHoratius (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Lawmakers are considering a bill that would compensate people who are wrongfully imprisoned in Minnesota.

The measure would give those who are wrongfully convicted at least $50,000 a year for every year behind bars.

Such a bill could help people like Koua Fong Lee, whose conviction in a crash involving a Toyota was overturned when a problem with the car surfaced. Lee was exonerated after three years in prison.

Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, is the chief author of House bill. He says compensating people like Lee is the right thing to do.

The Minnesota County Attorneys Association is opposed. Executive Director John Kingrey says some people who have charges dismissed aren't necessarily innocent. He's working with the bill's authors on a compromise.

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