A bill that would make wrongly convicted inmates eligible to receive $50,000 for each year they served behind bars cleared another hurdle in the state Legislature on Tuesday. House Bill 1341... moves on to the Senate Rules Committee and a possible floor vote. The measure was passed out of the House last month on a 95-2 vote. Under the legislation, wrongly convicted death row inmates would receive an additional $50,000. It would also provide $25,000 per year spent on parole or as a registered sex offender. Federal law currently requires payments of $50,000 per year for those wrongfully detained in a federal prison. If the measure is approved by the full Senate and signed by Gov. Jay Inlsee, Washington would join 27 other states with similar legislation.Late to the game, but still a good move. Even better: require the persecuting attorney and the false accuser to serve 1000 years at hard labor, with 80 lashes per day, for each microsecond of wrongful imprisonment. It still wouldn't come anywhere near compensating, but it might motivate one or two persecutors to avoid doing evil. (Well, actually it wouldn't. Persecuting attorneys are unreformable.)
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.