Saturday, September 5, 2009


Texas prisoner, Thomas McGowan spent 23 years in prison for rape and robbery...a crime he DID NOT COMMIT.  He will be compensated for this grave injustice done to him.  He is going to receive 1.8 million dollars for the many years he sat in prison wrongfully convicted!!  I love hearing stories like this, because it shows that the justice system in America is NOT flawless and it was great to know that he will be compensated.  However, losing 23 years of your that really justice, no matter how much money he receives?? WHAT IS YOUR OPINION?  Please weigh in.


cherie said...

my husband does not think so. but i guess, overtime, it is.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I'm sure no amount of money can really compensate someone who was in prison for 23 yrs for something he/she did not do. They didn't have DNA back then --so I guess there were many people put in prison who should not have been there. DNA helps alot these days.

Where did the money come from? State of Texas? I hope it wasn't US, the taxpayers, who had to pay for that mistake.


Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Cherie...your husband doesn't believe that a man's life should be compensated for, when 23 years of it was taken away from him? Just curious as to if that's what you meant he thinks.

Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Betsy, I think that the State of Texas would pay for the mistake. It's a horrible mistake..and one that should not have happened way back when. I believe they are doing the right thing, now. However, I think that we should put the prosecutors in prison for that length of time, when something like this happens.

George said...

I personally don't have a problem with this man being compensated for an injustice done to him. 1.8 million seems like a lot of money, but then 23 years is a lot of years.
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Deb Murphree/Alabama Politics said...

Hi George! Welcome...and thanks for your comment. You are right...a lot of money...and it was a lot of years too. I would say no amount of money could bring back those many years...but it might can help him catch up a little.