Balko has issued a correction on the report that Gov. Rick Scott vetoed funding for the Florida Innocence Commission. Since I reported the same thing, I need to correct it too. Turns out that the Miami Herald was wrong when it reported that veto. Here’s the truth:
My source was this Miami Herald column. I’ve since learned that the columnist was in error. The commission was set to expire this year. So it actually hadn’t requested any funding. That means the legislature didn’t budget any funding, which of course means Gov. Scott didn’t veto it. I did call both Scott’s office and the commission, but neither returned my calls, which I made about twelve hours before the story was published.
It’s a fairly embarrassing error, and a good lesson in not relying on someone else’s reporting.
Indeed. The larger issue of innocence commissions is still important, however. They should be established and funded in every state.