Houston, Texas– A Texas man who was exonerated after serving 18 years in prison has been denied compensation because of a legal glitch. Exonerated Death Row inmate Anthony Graves will be denied compensation because the word “Innocence,” was not used in the document ordering his release, his attorney Katherine Scardino said.
The state determined that Graves, 45, who could have received as much as $1.4 million had he been deemed eligible, should receive nothing because the words “actual innocence” didn’t appear in the document ordering his release, according to a letter the office sent to Graves’ attorney, Nicole Casarez.
In December, lawyers in the case discussed asking state District Judge Reva Towslee-Corbett, who signed the order freeing Graves, to change the wording of the order. This never happened, however, for reasons that could not be determined Monday.