A committee of the Virginia Senate recommended paying $1,000 yesterday to settle a claim by a Dale City woman who is seeking $10,000 as compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned last year for failing to pay a $780 fee to a lawyer.
The $10,000 claim was submitted to the legislature on behalf of Dorothy Kosinski by Sen. Charles J. Colgan (D-Prince William). The claim went first to a subcommittee, which recommended paying Kosinski $500 -- $100 a day for each day she was jailed -- because of a shortage of funds, according to Colgan's aide, Mary Hamm.
The Finance Committee increased the amount to $1,000 at Colgan's urging, and the measure goes to the full Senate for a vote Monday, Hamm said. If approved, it would go to the House of Delegates.
Kosinski, 39, the mother of five children, was jailed Feb. 27, 1990, on orders of Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court Judge Patrick Molinari. The judge had held Kosinski in contempt of court for failing to pay the fee to lawyer Susan Hafey. Hafey was appointed to represent Kosinski's five children in her custody action against her husband, Joseph.
A Circuit Court judge later determined there had been no contempt, records show.