Ex-inmate ineligible for wrongful imprisonment pay

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a woman who spent years in prison before her child endangerment conviction was overturned isn’t eligible for compensation under a wrongful imprisonment law.

The court ruled Friday that Tammy Smith didn’t meet the law’s “very high burden” of proving that she’s actually innocent. The ruling means Smith is ineligible for reimbursement for lost wages and other damages under the law.

Smith was convicted of child endangerment resulting in serious injury in 2007 after her young, non-communicative son ended up with a severely broken arm in their Humboldt home. She received a 10-year term.

In 2011, an appeals court overturned her conviction after the boy learned to talk and said his arm was broken after getting caught in the washing machine. A prosecutor dismissed the case.

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