A Memphis man who spent more than 22 years in prison for a rape he did not commit was awarded $832,950 yesterday by the Tennessee’s Board of Claims, says The Tennessean in Nashville. Clark McMillan, 47, was cleared of rape charges and released from prison in 2002 after DNA tests confirmed that he did not commit the crime. Those DNA tests were unavailable when he was convicted in 1980 after being identified by the victim in a lineup that McMillan challenged unsuccessfully.
It was the first award for wrongful imprisonment aproved by the claims board in more than two decades. “You can never put a dollar figure on what he’s been through,” said McMillan’s attorney. Staffers who researched the financial claim based their recommendation on McMillan’s earning potential over the past 22 years.