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January 05, 2011

Exciting ummm...employment opportunities in Texas

Earn $80,000/year while behind bars in prison for a crime you didn't commit.

...Under Texas compensation laws for the wrongly imprisoned, Dupree is eligible for $80,000 for each year he was behind bars, plus a lifetime annuity. He could receive $2.4 million in a lump sum that is not subject to federal income tax...
Disclaimer: What happened to Mr. Dupree is truly horrible, and smelled pretty bad, because only one of the two eyewitnesses ID'd him as the perp and eyewitnesses are notoriously poor evidence.

However, to offer $80K/yr to the wrongfully imprisoned seems...well...high enough that other more "entrepreneurial type" people might see this program as an ummm..."opportunity". All you'd have to do is frame yourself for some crime, hide/obscure the critical exculpatory evidence, then allow it to be "found" when you've decided the payday is suitably large.

In today's employment challenged economy, there's gotta be a lot of folks who would very willingly do a "phony nickle" knowing there was a $400,000 payday waiting for them on the other side; even more so if they happened to have some medical problems they couldn't afford to have treated otherwise.

If I recognized this angle, you know a bunch of others probably have too.


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