Money unlikely for wrongfully jailed Alabama mom
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Sen. Arthur Orr says the Legislature appears unlikely to go along with his plan for the state to pay nearly $119,000 to an Alabama woman who spent nine months in jail facing a capital murder charge that resulted from a botched autopsy on her newborn son.
The Legislature's wrongful incarceration committee recommended the money for Bridget Lee, and Orr included it an appropriations bill. The Senate passed it, but the House deleted the money. Orr said a conference committee of House and Senate members declined to put the money back because of opposition in the House.
The conference committee's recommendation still must be approved by the Senate and House.
Lee was accused of killing her newborn son in Carrollton in 2006, but further investigation showed the baby was stillborn.