McMillan’s Half-a-Life Sentence

Clark Jerome McMillan, a 22-year-old man, is arrested for rape and robbery with a deadly weapon. One of his two alleged victims fails to identify him in a police lineup. Both fail to mention his pronounced limp. McMillan’s sister and girlfriend insist he was with them at the time of the attack. Still, McMillan is convicted and sentenced to 119 years.

Now, twenty-two years later, McMillan’s conviction is overturned after DNA testing reveals that the semen found on the victim’s jeans wasn’t his.

McMillan is overjoyed at his release, but he feels hurt. The soft-spoken man says, “It was an unbelievable experience.” While he hopes for some compensation for his ordeal, Tennessee has no compensation statute. What could compensate a man for half his life?