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Riley County will be paying Eddie Lowery $7.5 million for the 10 years he spent in prison following a wrongful conviction for rape. Is the compensation fair?

Response Percent Votes
It is fair
 
41% 869
It is too low
 
34% 720
It is too high
 
19% 402
Not sure
 
5% 119
Total 2110

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XEPCT 4 years, 2 months ago

I would never trade ten years in prison for $7.5 million, never.

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Thinking_Out_Loud 4 years, 2 months ago

Bad_Brad, those other hardworking folks also haven't had their Constitutional due process rights violated by the State. The purpose of which rights is to prevent essentially what happened to this man. The outrage should not be at this man or the settlement; it should be at the government that messed up so badly.

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jhawk0097 4 years, 2 months ago

Brad, don't be so obtuse. Prison life isn't peaches and cream. Plus, as has already been stated, he missed out on some of the best years of his life. IIRC, his daughter was 3 y.o. when he was locked up. No way to get those years back.

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Bad_Brad 4 years, 2 months ago

That's about $750k per year for doing nothing more than sitting in prison. I'm not going to say the guy shouldn't be compensated, but there are an awful lot of hardworking folks out there that don't make $750k in 20 or even 30 years, let alone one.

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 2 months ago

What you idiots (and you know who you are) are forgetting is that time is the one and only thing in life that cannot be re-aquired. It can't be bought, or replaced by or with money, or anything else. This was a grievous error by one puny little judicial system, it wasn't the first time and it won't be the last time. Perhaps, some sort of federal contingency plan should be implemented, in case of intentional or non-intentional misconduct by any judicial process in any municipality anywhere in America. In my opinion the two detectives knowingly accepted a confession obtained under diress, and continued to sell this false testimony to the court. Considering the circumstances i.e.: the rape of an elderly woman, this case should have been explored much deeper by the prosecution.

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50YearResident 4 years, 2 months ago

Carrier Oppertunity: No experiance necessary, give false confession (you can recant later), admit crime you didn't do, spend 10 years in mim security jail, no actual work involved, room and board included. Get out of jail and collect $ 7.5 million. Send resume to Riley county courthouse.

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nut_case 4 years, 2 months ago

As KS eludes to - half of that will disappear in taxes, then I'm sure there will be lawyer / legal fees on top of that - probably amounting to half of what is left. I'd say he'd be lucky to pocket 2 million of that. Invest that even at 10% annual return is only going to net 200K/yr - and half of that will again disappear in taxes. So this settlement is probably going to net barely over 100K/yr in steady income. The amount can be debated ad-nauseum - what are 10 of the best years of your life worth? Mr Lowery obviously deserves compensation for the error.

What he deserves more is to know exactly why the system failed him, how it has changed so this can not happen again - and if it can be narrowed down to specific individuals (a 'la the "Duke rape case") who was responsible, and to see appropriate punishment brought against them.

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cletus26 4 years, 2 months ago

not sure. it depends. just glad they are trying to reimburse somehow.

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RogueThrill 4 years, 2 months ago

Even if he was lucky enough to make 100,000/yr he still would have only 1 million! Come on, do the math! Is it too much? DUH!

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Assuming he worked 8 hour days, not 24. And those additional 16 hours a day are important.

During those 16 hours he would have slept without fearing rape. He would have showered without fearing being shanked. He could have developed hobbies, gone to the movies, read books, gone to school, become a war hero, etc. He could have been with his wife and daughter.

Instead he was in prison. He was labeled as a sex offender. He had to lie to get out of prison and had to live a lie once he was out and labeled a sex offender.

He didn't just lose 10 years in prison. He lost all the time he fought to clear his name. All the time his name was tarnished and people he loved avoided him.

I don't know how much that time and lost opportunity is worth in dollars, but 7.5m is a good start. A good finish would be to punish those who put him there or at least name them publicly so they can be shunned and lose their jobs.

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jhokfan 4 years, 2 months ago

No amount of money could repair the damage.

What's the status of the prosecutor and police officers? They should be held accountable.

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HOMETOWNBOY 4 years, 2 months ago

Even if he was lucky enough to make 100,000/yr he still would have only 1 million! Come on, do the math! Is it too much? DUH!

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BorderRuffian 4 years, 2 months ago

Gee, Sted, when you put it that way, it sounds like a pretty good deal. As I look at the remainder of my productive work-life, I won't make even a million dollars by the time I retire - and that's about twice as long as the ten-year sentence.

The dilemma is, however, if I were to invest ten years to earn 7.5 million, by the time I got out, I'd have no way to spend it all.

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KS 4 years, 2 months ago

Obama and company will get half, his lawyer will get a big chunk, which will leave him about, maybe $2 million for ten years. Not enough.

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 2 months ago

Also, and most important of all, the two detectives who "bulldogged" him into a false confession should be sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in prison, with no pay or commissary priveleges, in general population. Should this sound a little harsh for all those with the "cop mentality" then how about having them beaten into a state of quadraplegia?

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ShePrecedes 4 years, 2 months ago

i think the DA and the policemen who investigated and incarcerated this fella should be named and their reputations dragged thru the mud on a national level.

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Bob Kraxner 4 years, 2 months ago

The prosecutor, the cops and the judge should all be required to make a highly publicized apology, both on television and in the newspaper. The cop should be put in prison, in general population, for 5 years with his former occupation prominently displayed on his uniform at all times. The prosecutor should be forced to pay restitution out of his own pocket, to the tune of 100,000 dollars for every year of the defendants imprisonment, while being allowed to practice law, but never again as a district attorney of any sort. The judge should be removed from the bench, allowed to practice law as a defense attorney, and be forced to pay restitution of 1,000,000 dollars. Upon completion of these requirements, both the judge and the prosecutor should be placed on house arrest and be forced to repay the state for the amount that the state claims it cost to house the defendant for the 10 years he was imprisoned.

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LeBo 4 years, 2 months ago

Every one getting "fairly compensated" for wrongs done to them. Minus disable veterans. And African-Americans.

B.S. The money should go to fix the school budget.

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Stedman 4 years, 2 months ago

Here's an On the Street question for the LJW. Would you spend 10 years in prison for $7.5 million?

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walkingonwater 4 years, 2 months ago

I wonder if $10 would be enough on 1 condition - those who participated in the wrongful conviction, i.e. prosecutors, police officers, and so forth - they must spend the next 10 years of their lives in prison with the prison population believing they are sex offenders. That would be justice. No amount of money could make up for 10 years lost.

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CWGOKU 4 years, 2 months ago

Fire the prosecutors and the judge and give him their salaries for the time he spent in prison, plus that of the jurors.

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BABBOY 4 years, 2 months ago

!0 million seems better.

Million for each year they screwed up. But, how do you put a number on losing 10 years of your life because a prosecutor had to get a conviction no matter what?

I would have said 100 million was fair. I hate prosecutors that want a conviction even when they have doubts about what happened. It is a game to them.

Having said that, I think most prosecutors try their hardest to do what is right.

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sierraclub 4 years, 2 months ago

Yes.... NOT SURE!!!! Gotta love that choice!!!! Gee people, make a decision!!!!! lol

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