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Maryland plan to compensate men who were exonerated is due Oct. 30

October 16th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Maryland’s Board of Public Works will move ahead with a plan to compensate five men who served a combined 120 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.

Hubert James Williams, Clarence Shipley Jr., Walter Lomax, Lamar Johnson and Jerome Johnson have asked for a total of $12 million from the state.

Gov. Larry Hogan, who leads the Board of Public Works, announced Wednesday morning that he’s directing the staff to come up with a compensation plan by Oct. 30, at the board’s next meeting.

Hogan — who argued that arriving at a compensation package was a complex legal issue and should be decided by administrative law judges — said Wednesday that he will continue to seek their recommendations. He also wants the members of the General Assembly to act on the issue.

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