Appeals court denies more money for wrongly convicted man
DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit man who was awarded $1 million for spending 20 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit has failed to get an additional $216,000.
Desmond Ricks was compensated for a wrongful conviction. But he actually spent roughly five more years in prison because the 1992 conviction triggered a parole violation that had to be served first.
Ricks argues that he deserves more money. He notes the parole violation was tied to a murder conviction that was ultimately erased.
But in a 2-1 decision this week, the Michigan appeals court said no. Judges Jonathan Tukel and Thomas Cameron say lawmakers wanted to compensate people only for specific convictions that were thrown out.
Judge Kathleen Jansen says it’s “unjust” to deny Ricks the money.