Exonerated Man Seeks Pardon, Could Get Thousands Of $$

A North Carolina man exonerated after serving more than 16 years in prison for murder is seeking an official pardon from the governor, which could bring him cash.

Forty-seven-year-old Greg Taylor went to Gov. Beverly Perdue's office Friday to hand over his pardon request. He's eligible for $750,000 in compensation if pardoned.

Taylor says he hasn't thought about the money. He says he wants the formal pardon to put on his wall.

A three-judge panel declared Taylor innocent at the end of a groundbreaking hearing last month.

He was convicted in 1993 of the murder of a Raleigh prostitute.

The judges heard his case on the recommendation of the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission, the only state-run innocence commission in the country.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Concerned Location: Greenville, N. C. on Mar 8, 2010 at 08:36 AM
    He deserves 1,000,000.00 for each year he spent behind bars. There is no price to put on a person's life when it is taken away from him. Let the ones who prosecuted him pay the fine, not the tax payers.
  • by beachbum3 on Mar 7, 2010 at 06:57 AM
    As to the sum ofmontery compensation that mr taylor could be possibly rerceiving from the state of north carolina it in my opinion is a paltry amount if you ask me for what this man as being put thru in all liklyhood i personally feel that if he was to be compensated to the tune of 17 million dollars that that amount might anjust might be a more fair compensation. an it might also help to keep the state procutors from acting so overly vealous in their procutions with have good solid evidence in the first place just in order to get a conviction. the legisture should be made to enact new legiction to the point that the compensation damages for event of this nature to be more fully compenstated for when it does happen to inconcent people that are imprisoned wrongfulyjust how much is 17 years of a persons life actualy worth considering what they have been put thru in prison thank you
  • by Pirateman Location: Greenville on Mar 6, 2010 at 06:13 PM
    This man has paid any debt due society for bad judgment or being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Give him his just due. If professionals given the duty to determine guilt have determined him innocent, then he is entitled to an official declaration.
  • by Mike on Mar 6, 2010 at 05:49 AM
    The system is full of cases like this.If you think the health care system is broken,go hang out in a courtroom.Overzealous prosicuters,politics,and greed.Ive said it before and ill say it agin.The prosicutions job is to present the facts of a case,not to try and convince a jury,as we hear them over and over agin.
  • by Sasha on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:30 AM
    The government should give him whatever he wants, in any amount he wants, for as long as he wants. How could they possibly justify that paltry amount to compensate for all he went through!!
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:02 AM
    The Innocence Commission overturned his conviction because the SBI crime lab did not turn over all of the blood evidence. He was released on a technicality, I have read the official crime version and I am convinced he murdered the victim.
  • by justice on Mar 6, 2010 at 02:16 AM
    The ones who withheld the evidence, strip everything those people own, and then let the state cover the remaining. Taxpayers should not have to pay when someone lies or breaks the rules convicting innocent people, let those people pay.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Mar 5, 2010 at 09:57 PM
    I'm thinking that losing 16 yrs of my life would be worth more than that amount.. yeah, give it to him and then some.
  • by qwerty on Mar 5, 2010 at 02:28 PM
    he deserves a few million
  • by good! on Mar 5, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    if he is truly innocent, give it to him!
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