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Check out tweets and posts from this year’s Wrongful Conviction Day, where Innocence Network members organized to raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction, and recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families.
Selwyn Days was acquitted Tuesday in the 1996 slayings of an Eastchester millionaire and his home health aide, ending his fifth trial and setting him free after 16 years of incarceration. The verdict, on the second day of deliberations in White Plains, vindicated Days’ claim that he gave a false confession when Eastchester detectives interrogated him in 2001, more than four years after the bodies of Archie Harris and Betty Ramcharan were found in Harris’ 4 Berkley Circle home.
Days and his lawyers held hands as the jury forewoman said “not guilty” to both charges of second-degree murder. Moments later he was able to hug his brother, Stelwyn, who had sat through all five trials. Read more.
A Lowell man who spent three decades in prison has been formally exonerated. Victor Rosario was convicted of setting a 1982 fire in Lowell that killed eight people, including five children. The conviction was based mainly on inspectors determining the fire was intentionally set and a written confession that Rosario says he signed because he was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and did not understand English.
Rosario was released from prison three years ago after the state Supreme Judicial Court upheld a ruling ordering a new trial. The lower court judge said there were questions about his confession and about the fire investigation techniques used decades ago. Read more.
A team with the Northern California Innocence Project based at Santa Clara University ended 12 years of dogged legal wrangling last week when their client was cleared of molestation charges that put him in prison and made him register as a sex offender.
Ed Easley, a 62-year-old electrician, was accused and convicted of molesting a 7-year-old in Shasta County 24 years ago. Since then, it came to light that he had been scapegoated because the young victim was protecting a juvenile male cousin at the behest of family members. Read more.
Around the time he confessed to killing 12-year-old Christina Brown in an abandoned apartment, Detroit police came under scrutiny for some of their tactics. Whether LaMarr Monson’s confession to the Jan. 20, 1996, murder would stand up today is a key reason Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy decided to dismiss first- and second-degree murder charges when Monson won a new trial.
In addition to the confession problem, a new witness has testified there was a different killer, newly discovered fingerprints corroborate the witness’s claim, and Detroit police have lost key evidence. Read more.
A mother and child who testified in a murder trial more than 20 years ago that led to a man’s life sentence may have received $1,000 in reward money, some trips to a theme park and basketball games for the son, according to court filings in the case.
A three-judge panel is set to open a hearing Monday for Robert Bragg as part of North Carolina’s unique innocence process. The 64-year-old inmate is serving a sentence of life in prison without parole in connection with the fatal beating of an elderly man in December 1994. Bragg has maintained innocence throughout his 21 years behind bars, even rejecting a plea deal that carried a 15-year sentence. Read more.
The B.C. Court of Appeal set the stage Friday for Phillip James Tallio, who has spent the last 34 years in prison for killing a child, to appeal his 1983 murder conviction. If Tallio’s appeal were to be successful, it would make Canadian legal history as the longest prison sentence served by someone found to be wrongly convicted.
Friday’s decision, which legal observers are already calling “historic,” allows the appeal to proceed. The ruling hinged on the issue of DNA evidence, with the judge saying new testing had the potential to either exonerate Tallio or conclusively re-affirm he was guilty. “The risk Mr. Tallio takes, if this testing is performed, is that it will not exculpate him, but conclusively include him,” B.C. Court of Appeal judge Elizabeth Bennett said in her ruling. “This is a risk he is willing to take.” Read more.