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California Prisoner Wrongly Jailed for 14 Years Denied Compensation

John Tennison, a California state prisoner, was sent to prison for a 1989 murder. After nearly 14 years his conviction was vacated with a finding of factual innocence. He sued for compensation under a state law providing an award of $100 per day to those who prove they were innocent of a crime for which they were incarcerated.

Surprisingly, the state trial court held that the other judge's finding of Tennison's factual innocence was insufficient to invoke the compensation-for-wrongful¬-incarceration statute and dismissed the case, and the appellate court affirmed.

The Court of Appeals held that Tennison did not carry his burden of “showing (1) he is innocent because he did not in fact commit the crime; and, (2) he did not in any way contribute to his arrest or conviction.” The California Supreme Court denied review. See: 152 Cal.App.4th 1164, 62 Cal.Rptr.3d 88 (Cal.App. 1 Dist., 2007), review denied.

Additional source: Bay City News (San Francisco) June 29, 2007

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Tennison v. California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board