Tuesday, October 14, 2008

New Law Means Pardon No Longer Required

A new bill was just passed which allows inmates who have been wrongfully convicted from no longer having to obtain a pardon from the Governor before seeking compensation for being wrongfully incarcerated. Prior to this new law, in order for an inmate who was wrongfully convicted to obtain compensation for their wrongful imprisonment, they had to obtain a pardon from the Governor. The current backlog for clemency and pardon petitions on Governor Blagojevich's desk is enormous. The wait is years long. As a result, state legislators passed this bill to bypass the Governor's desk. But when this bill was passed in late August, Governor Blagojevich vetoed it. Legislators introduced it again and this time it passed with a veto-proof majority.

This new bill allows defendants who have been cleared by appellate courts to file for Certificates of Innocence directly from circuit courts. Many wrongfully convicted inmates are eager to take advantage of this new law so they can begin to rebuild their lives.

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