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At our 13th Annual Awards Luncheon this year, the Champion of Justice award will go to Walter Lomax, representing the group of Maryland exonerees who worked tirelessly to reform the state’s exoneree compensation law. The Walter Lomax Act, which was signed into law in April 2021, made a series of important reforms to Maryland’s exoneree compensation process, including establishing judicial oversight and codifying the formula used to calculate compensation.

Walter Lomax was exonerated in 2014 after spending 39 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Since gaining freedom, he has dedicated his life to helping exonerees and former inmates transition back into society. The Walter Lomax Act was the culmination of …

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