Nebraska County Pays Huge Price for Bungled Murder Case - Page 2

SCOTUS upholds verdict that will see 'Beatrice Six' get $28M for their wrongful convictions
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2019 2:54 PM CST

  • "The only option left is paying on it," State Sen. Myron Dorn tells the Omaha World-Herald, which runs down the steps the county has taken to be able to do that. Property taxes were upped in September to the maximum level permitted by the state. The 11.76-cent increase will generate roughly $3.8 million in revenue in 2019 and is expected to be kept in place seven more years.
  • The Journal Star reports the county's insurance carriers won't help pay the judgment, a decision that was upheld by a judge last fall. The county is appealing.
  • Dorn is also pushing a trio of bills related to federal judgments that, if successful, could see a half-cent sales tax enacted, make the county eligible for a low-interest loan from the state, or file a claim with the state for financial assistance.
  • The county is home to 22,311 people. One resident's view, per the World-Herald: "The people of Gage County are just as innocent as the Beatrice Six."
  • For more on the case, read the Post's story in full here. It explains why White and Taylor were originally arrested, and how a quest to find a suspect with type B blood led to four more arrests.
(Read more Beatrice Six stories.)

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