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A Rural County Owes $28 Million for Wrongful Convictions. It Doesn't Want to Pay. - The New York Times

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Kathy Gonzalez was one of six innocent people who collectively spent 77 years in prison in the murder of 68-year-old Helen Wilson. DNA evidence exonerated the defendants, and they are about to collect a $28 million civil rights judgment against Gage County, which prosecuted them based on false confessions.

The county, though, has a shrinking population and limited financial resources, so it's 22,000 residents are going to have to pay the bill, with higher taxes. They are not happy about it and say that this happened decades ago and it's not fair. 

But the county spent $2 million in legal fees fighting the verdict and they did imprison the six for that collective 77 years. 

Should they pay? What do you think?

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Yes, they should pay. Did you watch the documentary series, The Making of a Murderer? The whole town culture was involved in framing the accused for crimes they did not commit. The corrupt police and prosecutors were "leading citizens". It is the culutre of judicial corruption, which is supported by the goodly townspeople, that enables these kinds of criminally corrupt prosecutions to succeed and destroy the lives of innocent people. So yes, they should pay. The $28 million judgment divided by the 22,000 residents amounts to a tax of about $1300 per resident. Which is a small fine to pay for supporting a criminal culture and officials who engage in organized crimes to obtain wrongful convictions.

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Agreed.

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I also agree. The town appointed the prosecutors and police who perpetrated the injustice. They should be held accountable. There are injustices like this happening across the country.

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It helps prevent others from wrongdoing.

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