Inmate Compensation-Rapist

November 13, 2012 - 4:33 PM
FILE - In a Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1994 file photo, capital murder suspect Michael Blair watches as potential juriors enter a Midland, Texas, courtroom. When Blair was sent to death row for the infamous murder of 7-year-old Ashley Estell, he insisted he never killed anyone. More than a decade later, genetic testing showed he was telling the truth. But during those long years behind bars, Blair confessed to raping two other children, a crime for which he's serving multiple life sentences. Blair has made an unlikely demand, asking the state for nearly $1 million as compensation for being wrongfully convicted. His request has gone all the way to the Texas Supreme Court and is forcing a re-examination of laws designed to offer exonerated inmates a new start. (AP Photo/Plano Star Courier, Ian Halpern, File) NO SALES