DNA Exoneration

By: AP
By: AP

A Kentucky man is suing prosecutors and police after being wrongfully imprisoned for rape for seven years. DNA tests show William Gregory couldn't have committed the crime.

He's a free man now, but that doesn't pay his bills. Gregory says being incarcerated left him broke. He has no savings and nothing for retirement. That's because Kentucky is like most other states and won't allow those wrongfully convicted to seek compensation. So, he and others are turning to lawsuits.

Nearly 160 people have been freed from prison by DNA tests since 1989. But only 17 have been financially compensated by the states that locked them up.

Gregory says if he wins the case he'll use the money to start a foundation to help others in his position.

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