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Scott apologizes, signs $1.35 million compensation for wrongly-convicted William Dillon

by Dara Kam | March 1st, 2012

In an emotional ceremony, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a bill compensating wrongly-convicted William Dillon $1.35 million for the 27 years he spent behind bars before DNA evidence exonerated him of a murder conviction.

“On behalf of the state of Florida, I apologize for what’s happened to you,” Scott said at the bill signing ceremony. “What I really appreciate from sitting down with you is that you have such a positive attitude.”

Scott signed the bill hours after the Senate gave final approval to the measure (SB 2) with Dillon looking on from the public gallery.

And the ceremony put to rest a 30-year battle waged by Dillon and supporters, including former Florida State University president Sandy D’Alemberte, who also served as president of the American Bar Association.

Dillon thanked his team, including D’Alemberte and Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, for whom Dillon’s compensation became a priority.

“There’s so many names I could tell you about that were behind the scenes to make this team…,” a refulgent Dillon said. “The dollars and cents they make sense for my life, but they don’t give me back what was taken from me. But at the same time, it’s such a joy to be here, because my life was gone. I can’t do anything but look forward.”

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5 Responses to “Scott apologizes, signs $1.35 million compensation for wrongly-convicted William Dillon”

  1. 27 yrs Ago Says:

    Scott apologizes for a prosecutor and a state attorney who wrongly accused this man TWNETY SEVEN YEARS AGO.

    The Post makes this seem like it was Scott’s fault.

  2. MocoLoco Says:

    “a refulgent Dillon “..OK, even I had to look that one up.

  3. Same Ole, Same Ole Says:

    This is why I have always been against capital punishment.

    Perfect people exist only in fiction.

    We, as humans are not perfect and make mistakes.

    No real retribution can ever be made to compensate anyone falsely convicted of a crime and killed or imprisoned for many years.

    This instance is one small victory among such wrong laws.

  4. cover ups of cover ups Says:

    Hey Governor Scott when are you going to do something about the sheriff covering up the child rapes at his boys ranch? And find out what happened to all the other victims while you’re at it.

  5. obstruction of justice Says:

    The above is a clear cut case of obstruction of justice by Sheriff Gary Borders of Lake County Florida. The governor should have done something about this. Looks like the rapist was a friend of the sheriff from the pictures of them smiling together! Its going to come back and bite a lot of people. Hope someone doesn’t have to apoligize for Rick Scott’s incompetence for failing to act on this one.

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