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Statement from Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher on Settlement for Wilton Dedge

12/8/2005

CONTACT:     
Tami Torres
850) 413-2842
 

"Today, state lawmakers did the right thing in approving a $2 million relief package for Wilton Dedge, who was wrongly imprisoned for 22 years.  No amount of money can undo the harm that Mr. Dedge has suffered.  Nonetheless, the Legislature's action today satisfies the state's basic moral obligation to compensate any person jailed for a crime he did not commit.  
 
"I have directed my legal staff to immediately help Mr. Dedge select and purchase an annuity that will provide him regular payments in future years.  My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as they attempt to get on with their lives."
 
View a letter outlining the steps that the Department of Financial Services plans to take to expedite the settlement approved by the Legislature to compensate Wilton Dedge at