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Innocent Georgia Man Receives $500,000 as Compensation for Rape Conviction

The State of Georgia paid $500,000 to a man who spent 28 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. John Jerome White was arrested in 1979 after an elderly woman identified him during a police line up as her attacker.

In 2007, DNA evidence cleared White and implicated the actual attack, James Parham. As White was released, Parham was arrested. Both White and Parham were in the police line up that resulted in the elderly woman identifying White.

White, 48, had initially been set to receive $709,000 as compensation, but lawmakers reduced it because he had a separate conviction on a burglary charge. Georgia has paid out $3.9 million to four other people cleared through DNA evidence.

Source: Atlanta-Journal Constitution

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