I understand TBT*is not the Tampa Bay Times, but the headline the tabloid employs for a story about William Dillion is just too flippant about a very serious issue.
Dillon spent 27 years in state prison for a murder he did not commit. Wrongly imprisoned, he was tortured by fellow inmates, and his teeth rotted away as he spent more than half his life behind bars until DNA evidence proved his innocence, reports Steve Bousquet.
The way the headline in TBT* reads, “This guy’s free at last and now a millionaire, to boot” makes it sound as if “this guy” scratched-off a winning lottery ticket.
What’s worse, as Tallahassee Democrat reporter Bill Cotterell explained to me, the headline is “also factually inaccurate. The bill passed the House and went back to the Senate for concurrence in an amendment. It’s a sure thing, probably pass today or Thursday, but he’s not a millionaire yet.”