Wrongfully Convicted Texas Inmate Denied Compensation

AUSTIN (August 23, 2013)--The Texas Supreme Court has denied a request for compensation payments to a prison inmate who was wrongfully convicted of capital murder, but who confessed while in prison to raping children.

Michael Blair was convicted of capital murder in 1994 in the slaying of a 7-year-old girl and was sentenced to death, but DNA evidence cleared him of the charge in 2008.

But he confessed in 2003 to sexually abusing children and is now serving four life sentences for those crimes.

Since 2009, Blair has requested more than $1 million in compensation from the Texas comptroller under the state's Tim Cole Act.

The court said Friday that Blair didn't meet the conditions necessary to receive money.


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