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He spent years in prison for the rape of author Alice Sebold, the subject of her memoir, 'Lucky.' A judge just exonerated him

For context, the author also wrote "Lovely Bones".

I'll take your 16 and give you 42 years.
I smell lawsuits....and rightly so.
They shouldn't even have to file lawsuits, although I realize it may be required just due to how the process of being awarded money is.

(Like they probanky can't just give someone money, that money has to be awarded as a result of a lawsuit filing)

These are two good examples of why - while tempting sometimes - bringing back the death penalty is not a good idea
Regarding exoneration, and lawsuits, saw this in today's news,

Monday, April 10, 2023

Exonerated man accused in new murder still owed $673K by state for wrongful conviction,

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man once serving a life sentence and later found innocent finds himself back behind bars and charged again with murder.