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  • disgusted2010 Aug 13, 5:25 p.m.

    Hopefully one day the truth will come out and these murderers will be back in jail.

  • welfarequeen Aug 13, 4:38 p.m.

    “Was he a strong family man, there for her upbringing, before he was arrested?” swst04

    I don't care if he killed kittens as a hobby! HE WAS FALSLY INCARCERATED for almost TWO DECADES! I don't care if he beat his wife with a wooden spoon, or drank milk right from the jug He was INNOCENT of the crime they sentenced him for.

  • hollylama Aug 13, 3:48 p.m.

    Why is WRAL not reporting on the other man that received 7+ million?

  • rachel Aug 13, 3:08 p.m.

    For those saying there is not enough money to make up for 17 lost years- I agree we you, so why is money the only thing we throw at the situation?(I am sure his lawyer suggested this-his cut is large) Why do we continue to treat this man as "poor, poor, pitiful him"?-Why doesn't our state government step up and offer this guy four years fully paid to attend a state university in the major of his choice? With a state job when he gets done? With a low or no rate mortgage on a house supplied by the State employees credit union? My point being to help get this guy up on his feet, not comfy in his easy chair. We don't do anyone any favors by removing their reasons to try and strive for something-its what makes people stronger-this guy deserves a clear path and every support to get to a normal life-don't remove the barriers, give him the means to get through them on his own-then he will have his "spirit" back.

  • lifeq Aug 13, 2:44 p.m.

    I am glad we now have a system(innocence) to appeal.

    Note Taylor's family went through so much trying to appeal at every high court in NC. Finally appealing to the Top court in NC "Supreme Court" which refused to reopen the case, stating the old Judgement is correct and DNA Evidence does not matter.....

    He is very lucky the system did not put him on Death Row.

  • caseofthefoo Aug 13, 2:10 p.m.

    For those of you crying "my hard earned tax dollars blah, blah", this will probably cost you about fifty cents. You don't have a problem sucking down $5.00 coffee drinks and super value meals every day and paying crazy money for internet and cable service every month though do you? If someone asked me for a dollar to help this guy get his life back after what he was put through, I wouldn't hesitate to donate.

  • HANS FOR PRESIDENT!!!!! JK Aug 13, 1:33 p.m.

    Was he a strong family man, there for her upbringing, before he was arrested?

    swst04
    __________________________________________

    Moot point. He may have been arrested and convicted of a crime 10 minutes after this woman was killed. Or he may have found whatever and turned his life around. Just because he was a drug addict or a poor father doesn't mean he deserved to spend a third of his life for a crime he didn't commit and lose all that went along with it. The fact that he didn't get the chance is the point, not what he "likely" would have done with that chance. It matters not what he may have made working if not in jail. Another moot point. Seventeen years of his life is gone, never to return. He and no one he knows will ever be the same nor forget any of this. And for anyone that says "I still think he's guilty, prove it." And don't tell me/us to. Burden of proof lies with the prosecution, and they fell waaaay short

  • North Carolina Cutie Aug 13, 1:25 p.m.

    He did not kill anyone he was wrongfully acused.

  • Bartmeister Aug 13, 1:17 p.m.

    I don't care how much he gets, it's not worth it. 17 years missed? No thank you.

  • arljsl Aug 13, 1:17 p.m.

    Amen Pepe Silvia...you hit the nail on the head with that one...I think that the 4.6mil should be w/o taxes taken out also...

  • Deacons Aug 13, 1:10 p.m.

    He deserves it but his attorney will get at least half of it, probably more.

  • dirtydozen431 Aug 13, 1:02 p.m.

    The SBI is headed by Democrat Roy Cooper.

  • usocrazi Aug 13, 12:52 p.m.

    With the death penalty...when prosecutors and police embellish the evidence and jurors vote guilty on purely circumstantial embellished evidence, there is no bringing the convicted back to life...

  • Pepe Silvia Aug 13, 12:50 p.m.

    swst04 - What a despicable person you are!

    This man was wrongly kept from his family and his freedom for nearly two decades. He deserves MORE than he is getting. Its not about the money he would have or would not have earned during that time period. Even if it was, keep in mind the fact that he now has not worked in 18+ years and hadn't even talked on a cell phone before his release, so I'm guessing his jobs skills aren't all up to date and he'd probably struggle to find work. He deserves to live the rest of his life without working, he has a lot of living to make up for!

  • Steve Mchugelarge Aug 13, 12:46 p.m.

    “Was he a strong family man, there for her upbringing, before he was arrested?” swst04

    Well was Trayvon a choirboy? His past wasnt supposed to matter either remember?

  • wayneboyd Aug 13, 12:46 p.m.

    JAFOinWF
    Amen, I too am tired of seeing my hard earned money being spent because someone was too incompetent, too lazy or got his
    position because they knew somebody. Sell everything everybody connected with this mans case and pay it to Greg Taylor. I never caused him one moment of discomfort or shame. If I'd cost the government 4.5 million you can bet your sweet bippy what I own would be on the block for sale.

  • Steve Mchugelarge Aug 13, 12:45 p.m.

    puzzled, I agree. I still think he's guilty.

    Obamacare saves lives

    How so? Even the victims sister didn't believe he did it. He was railroaded by lazy cops and bad lab techs. Nothing points that he did it. But as with the Zimmerman case you make up your own facts. Funny thing is you're still wrong.

  • PDMARTIN Aug 13, 12:29 p.m.

    tayled

    Ok put yourself in his shoes and lets see how loud YOU cry for justice.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 13, 12:27 p.m.

    This man suffered harm because people believed things without evidence. There's a pattern. Belief generally misleads people. On the other hand, science will self-correct and gives us humans the best chance for informed decisions.

    This is an expense Critical Thinking lesson for law enforcement.

  • trainloadr Aug 13, 12:26 p.m.

    The SBI Clown Lab is so special. They not only cost us wasted salaries but we have to pay for their mistakes years later. It would be a lot more cost effective to take the lab out of the SBI and have it administered by a civilian agency. The bird brains have cost us enough - Yes I spelled Bird incorrectly!

  • JAFOinWF Aug 13, 12:18 p.m.

    The fact is the govt screwed up and now the taxpayers are going to get screwed. The persons who did this to these people should be the ones going to jail and have to pay this. Not the taxpayers.

  • Backpacker Aug 13, 12:17 p.m.

    “Was he a strong family man, there for her upbringing, before he was arrested?” swst04

    Here’s a better question. How is that any of your concern?

  • Backpacker Aug 13, 12:14 p.m.

    “puzzled, I agree. I still think he's guilty.” Obamacare saves lives

    Congratulations, that makes you both wrong.

  • JAFOinWF Aug 13, 12:13 p.m.

    Puzzled, the lab did screw up and a 3 judge panel has declared both not guilty. The cops and the prosecutors did bad things to get these folks locked up. WRAL has a good documentary on the cops abuses at http://www.wral.com/news/local/documentaries/page/10942135/ . Please watch it and educate yourself before posting.

  • Backpacker Aug 13, 12:12 p.m.

    “Because the lab messed up he gets rich. Doesn't mean he is innocent!” puzzled

    No, He “gets rich” because the lab messed up and without that there’s not enough other evidence to prove he committed the crime, that and all he had to sacrifice by being in prison.

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Aug 13, 12:01 p.m.

    Good. He deserves it.........and more. And for those who still think he's guilty ~ how much more proof of innocence do you need, for crying out loud? There are plenty of innocent people imprisoned -- Greg Taylor is just one of the rare lucky ones who finally got freed based on falty evidence and false testimony after spending nearly 2 decades in prison for something he did not do.

  • tayled Aug 13, 11:59 a.m.

    "would he have made $275,000 a year over those 17 years? Hardly. So, he has come out being cleaned up, to be (hopefully) a decent member of society, and with a taxpayer provided nest egg."

    There is no amount of money that can make up for what he lost. Hopefully, this will take care of him for the rest of his life, the least that they can do.

  • hsiflee Aug 13, 11:57 a.m.

    The Innocence Commission has to release a few guilty killers from time to time to justify their position.

  • Zorg Aug 13, 11:48 a.m.

    Hope they're putting away money for Brad Cooper.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Aug 13, 11:28 a.m.

    I am pretty sure he can get his ex-wife back now, if he wants her.

  • puzzled Aug 13, 11:26 a.m.

    Because the lab messed up he gets rich. Doesn't mean he is innocent!

  • Tax Man Aug 13, 11:24 a.m.

    The folks in the SBI who caused these problems are the ones who need to put put in prison for the rest of their lives. Deaver should be locked up forever for the damage he has done! Any prosecutor, police officer, prosecution witness, judge who allows innocent folks to go to jail/prison should have to go to prison themselves and be held to a much higher standard than the average person as they know better and they have the resources to make sure innocent people are not convicted.

  • michaelclay Aug 13, 11:21 a.m.

    smcallah, thank you for your statment.

  • bombayrunner Aug 13, 11:16 a.m.

    interesting ... 17 yrs 4.6 million. Meanwhile the DEA just paid 4.5 million TAX-FREE to a guy they locked in a interrogation room 4.5 days.

  • editor8 Aug 13, 11:02 a.m.

    How can any amount of lucre make up for a man's life and name? Only when prosecutors and other officers of the court are prosecuted for misconduct will we have a real "justice" system. They run roughshod over defendants with no accountability. Look at Deaver--still not charged with a crime after all this time.

  • smcallah Aug 13, 10:59 a.m.

    "would he have made $275,000 a year over those 17 years? Hardly. So, he has come out being cleaned up, to be (hopefully) a decent member of society, and with a taxpayer provided nest egg."

    Uh, what? This isn't all for the salary he would have pulled if working. What makes you think it is just for that? How much is your freedom worth in dollars? Or seeing your children grow up and being there when they are growing up? Does that have value to you? Would you value your freedom and family time at $0?

  • smcallah Aug 13, 10:57 a.m.

    "I do feel for this man and others wrongly accused-but I have a tough time feeling I and others need to make him a millionaire when it wasn't the fault of the average tax payer-reparations should come from the party at fault-its too easy to go to mediation and hand over mega bucks when it doesn't come from their pockets."

    The people at the SBI work on behalf of the State. The State sanctioned them. The State is responsible for their mess. They shouldn't have hired incompetents. That means the State pays. Yes, it's tax payer money, but we choose to live in this state and pay those taxes for that choice.

    If Walmart employees caused someone to be injured while on the job, you'd expect Walmart to pay the compensation if someone sued them, right?

    What would make the State not accountable for the actions of its employees?

    If you don't want tax payer money going to lawsuits, then go after the State and how they run their departments.

  • pappybigtuna1 Aug 13, 10:53 a.m.

    I hope all this money comes out of the tax payers pocket of Durham. Please, no bail-out from the State of NC coffers

    The Duke boys should have taken possession of Durham in their law suit, the DEA kid. Does anyone else see the ignorance trend surfacing, are they going the way of Detroit? When will the Retirement Fund start paying for what is going on

  • werrewolfwoman Aug 13, 10:50 a.m.

    I'm pretty sure it is tax-free because it is a settlement for damages. Yes the taxpayers will ultimately foot the bill but this man deserves every penny he is receiving. If anyone on the government side that participated in his conviction is still on the state payroll, they should be fired---immediately.

  • sjb2k1 Aug 13, 10:38 a.m.

    i am guessing this will be tax free, like the settlement the kid who was forgotten by the DEA got.

  • 1trhl Aug 13, 10:35 a.m.

    There is a tv series on Sundance Channel with a story similar to this one. It is called "Rectify." http://www.sundancechannel.com/series/rectify

  • saturn5 Aug 13, 10:26 a.m.

    The state is responsible for stealing 17 years of this man's life. If you were wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years, you'd be screaming it's not enough. People have gotten much higher judgements for lesser injury. It's not like he can just set foot into where he could be in life today had he not been in prison. All he could have done in those 17 years is lost opportunity.

  • Dirty_Water Aug 13, 10:22 a.m.

    The compensation should come from a serious reduction in the pay scale for District Attorneys and their staffs. They are interested in winning, not the truth. The last few televised trials, as well as the debacle in Durham w/ Peterson show no concern for the truth, but a serious and dangerous obsession with a guilty verdict.

  • Toddler10-21 Aug 13, 10:21 a.m.

    Try doing 18 years in prison for a crime you didn't do. Guess you would turn down the money, because you feel sorry for the taxpayers?

  • beachboater Aug 13, 10:16 a.m.

    For those that think Greg Taylor was paid too much. Think about it. You are convicted of a crime that you did not commit. How much is your life worth? How much would it be worth NOT to see your children and grandchildren be born / grow up? How much is your freedom worth? What would you charge the State of NC to serve 17 years as a prisoner for some type of informational reason? How much is your life worth? How much is ONE DAY worth?

    I cherished every day with my children growing up and I cherish every day I spend with my grandchildren. As a self-employed person, I don't do well with someone telling me what to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Well, I am married so I have to qualify that statement.

    Personally, I could not imagine serving any time in jail. NONE. I respect the laws of this great country, and I obey them. Ok, I drive 60 mph in a 55 mph zone. But to face going to prison for the rest of my life for something I didn't do? God forbid.

    How much is your life worth?

  • LastSon1981 Aug 13, 10:13 a.m.

    I have a tough time feeling I and others need to make him a millionaire when it wasn't the fault of the average tax payer
    xylem01

    I feel you he had to be in a shady place in his life for them to even go past the point of questioning to conviction.

  • heelsgirl05 Aug 13, 9:51 a.m.

    good for him!

  • xylem01 Aug 13, 9:37 a.m.

    I do feel for this man and others wrongly accused-but I have a tough time feeling I and others need to make him a millionaire when it wasn't the fault of the average tax payer-reparations should come from the party at fault-its too easy to go to mediation and hand over mega bucks when it doesn't come from their pockets. Rachel

    Rachel, it is coming from the party at fault. The State prosecuted and therefore the State is paying. By the way, when you pay those taxes that money is no longer yours and you have lost to say where it can and can not go.

    When you purchase an item from the store, say a cleaning product, you can not tell the company that manufactures/markets that product what they can and can not do with the profit you have just given them. It's not your say.

  • munkeegrl01 Aug 13, 9:32 a.m.

    I'm glad it worked out like this! Maybe it will deter investigators from jumping the gun just to close a case.

  • Pleasepostmycomments Aug 13, 9:20 a.m.

    Wral did not report this so here it is!

    The State Bureau of Investigation says the agency and its insurers have agreed to pay more than $12 million to two men who spent a combined 31 years behind bars for crimes it was later found that they didn't commit.

    The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the state agreed to pay $7.85 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Floyd Brown, who was locked up for 14 years in a psychiatric hospital. Brown reached a separate agreement with Anson County authorities.

    The state also agreed to pay $4.625 million to Greg Taylor, who was convicted in 1993 for murder. He spent 17 years behind bars before a three-judge panel declared him innocent in 2010, the first such exoneration by an independent innocence commission in the United States.

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