No money for wrongly convicted man in prison for 4 years

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A man whose murder conviction was thrown out because of weak evidence won’t get money set aside for the wrongly convicted.
  
James Shepherd spent nearly four years in prison until his release in 2016.
  
The Michigan appeals court says Shepherd doesn’t qualify for compensation because he wasn’t exonerated with “new” evidence. His conviction in Wayne County was set aside because of “insufficient evidence.”
  
People who have been wrongly convicted can get $50,000 for each year in prison. But the law refers to people who have been cleared based on newly discovered evidence.
  
Shepherd’s attorney, Wolf Mueller, acknowledges that’s what the law says. He says the law should be changed.
  
Mueller says someone cleared on appeal because of insufficient evidence is “no less deserving” of money than someone who finds new evidence.
 

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