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Wrongfully Jailed at 18, He's Now a Millionaire

Kevin Strickland has always maintained his innocence in 1978 murders

(Newser) - Update: Missouri man Kevin Strickland may finally have his freedom after being wrongfully imprisoned for 43 years, but what he didn't have, at least initially, was money. CNN explains that under state law, only those who were exonerated due to DNA testing are eligible to receive imprisonment payments. DNA...

He Witnessed a Murder, Then Knowingly Lied on Stand

'New Yorker' follows up on case of trio who wrongfully spent 36 years behind bars

(Newser) - The story made headlines a few years ago : Three men were freed from prison after serving 36 years for a Baltimore murder they didn't commit. At the New Yorker , Jennifer Gonnerman provides an in-depth look at what happened from a unique perspective—that of one of the young witnesses...

After 45 Years in Prison for Murder, He's Acquitted at 83

'I've become free,' Isaiah Andrews says following ruling in wife's 1974 murder

(Newser) - Isaiah Andrews spent 45 years in prison after he was convicted of killing his wife in 1974. But "the guy was in prison for something he didn't do," a juror told Cleveland.com on Wednesday after the 83-year-old was acquitted of aggravated murder in a Cuyahoga County...

Innocent Man Freed After 15 Years Dies of COVID

Damon Thibodeaux had gotten his first shot of vaccine just days before contracting the virus

(Newser) - A man who spent a third of his life behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit has died of COVID just a few short years after his exoneration. After a nine-hour interrogation in 1996, 22-year-old Damon Thibodeaux confessed to killing his cousin Crystal Champagne and was convicted in...

2 Men Go Free 30 Years After Wrongful Convictions

Carlton Roman, Christopher Ellis were released this week in New York City

(Newser) - Two Black men from New York City who each spent more than 30 years in prison for murder were freed Monday after state judges found their convictions were unjust. "I'm not the only innocent person in there," Carlton Roman said, per the New York Times , following his...

This Is the First State to Ban Cops From Lying to Minors During Questioning

Illinois law bans interrogation techniques linked to false confessions

(Newser) - After hours of interrogation in 1995, police in Chicago told 17-year-old Terrill Swift he could go home if he admitted being present at the scene of a rape and murder. He went home 17 years later after he was exonerated by DNA evidence. Illinois has now become the first state...

Brothers Who Were on Death Row Awarded $75M

Henry McCollum, Leon Brown were wrongfully convicted in 1983 rape and murder of girl

(Newser) - A jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case has awarded $75 million to two Black, intellectually disabled half brothers who spent decades behind bars after being wrongfully convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. The eight-person jury on Friday decided Henry McCollum and Leon...

43 Years After He Was Jailed, Prosecutors Admit &#39;Error&#39;
43 Years After
He Was Jailed,
Admit 'Error'

43 Years After He Was Jailed, Prosecutors Admit 'Error'

They say Kevin Strickland, who had an alibi, is innocent of 1978 murders

(Newser) - Kevin Strickland has spent two-thirds of his life—43 years—behind bars for a triple murder. The problem is he wasn't even at the scene, according to prosecutors in Kansas City. "This is a profound error we must correct now," Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said...

'You Tell Me $750K Is Worth 44 Years of My Life?'

Ronnie Long, wrongfully convicted of rape in NC, says he'll fight compensation cap

(Newser) - Ronnie Long spent 44 years in prison for a rape he didn't commit . The Black man convicted by an all-white jury of raping a white woman in 1976 fought hard for his release in August, followed by a pardon in December. But he says the fight isn't over....

Walter Forbes Was Framed. 38 Years Later, He's Free

Michigan man's 1983 murder conviction thrown out after witness says she lied

(Newser) - Walter Forbes was in his 20s when he was sent to prison for murder. At age 63, he was told his conviction had been thrown out. It was like watching a "vision unfold," the Michigan man tells CNN . Still, "it's pretty sad that it took 38...

'It Did Not Add Up,' and 15 Years Later, He's Free

Joseph Webster's murder conviction overturned

(Newser) - A Tennessee man has been reunited with family after serving almost 15 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit. Joseph Webster's attorney, Daniel Horwitz, has spent the past four years reinvestigating the 1998 slaying of Leroy Owens and shared his findings with WZTV . "We interviewed...

'I've Rarely Seen a Case as Bad as Ronnie Long's'

Wrongfully convicted man was released from prison after 44 years

(Newser) - In August, Ronnie Long walked out of prison and into the record books in the number 3 slot on the list of Americans who've served the longest sentences for crimes they didn't commit. In Long's case, it was 44 years for the 1976 rape of 54-year-old widow...

She Got Life in Prison— Until Racist Emails Emerged

Frances Choy was convicted of killing her parents

(Newser) - An Asian American woman who spent 17 years in prison is going free partly because of racist emails about her, BuzzFeed reports. Frances Choy, 34, who was convicted in 2003 of killing her parents in a Massachusetts house fire got life behind bars—but a judge vacated her conviction last...

WNBA Star Marries Man She Helped Free After Wrongful Conviction

Maya Moore, Jonathan Irons get their happily ever after

(Newser) - Basketball star Maya Moore has married Jonathan Irons, the Missouri man she helped work to free from prison after a 22-year-old wrongful conviction, the AP reports. Moore, 31, and Irons, 40, appeared together on Good Morning America Wednesday to discuss their social justice efforts—and their relationship. Moore revealed that...

A Wrongful Conviction Makes Headlines in China

Zhang Yuhuan's 27 years in prison make for the longest-known wrongful conviction

(Newser) - China's longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate is now a free man, some 27 years after he was imprisoned for a crime he long maintained he did not commit. Zhang Yuhuan alleged police tortured him into admitting he killed two young boys who were his neighbors in 1993, and a high...

Cops Wrongly Claimed He Killed His Wife. Now They'll Pay

Russell Faria, to be awarded $2M, has a suspect in mind

(Newser) - A Missouri sheriff's department has reportedly reached a $2 million settlement with a man who spent three years in prison for his wife's murder before his conviction was overturned. An insurance company will cover the payment to a "thrilled" Russell Faria, according to his lawyers, one of...

Child Bride's Wrongful Conviction Suit Could Alter a Nation

Rani Bibi urging Pakistan to compensate victims of miscarriages of justice, like herself

(Newser) - A child bride wrongfully convicted of killing her husband—a crime for which she spent 19 years behind bars—is suing the Pakistani authorities she says are responsible for "ruining" her youth. Rani Babi was only 14 when she was sentenced to life for the murder of her husband,...

Judge Agrees With Star Who Sat Out for Justice

Court throws out 1997 convictions of Maya Moore's family friend

(Newser) - Maya Moore has always been known for hitting the big shot on the grandest stage. She just got the biggest assist of her career. A judge on Monday overturned the 1997 burglary and assault convictions of Jonathon Irons, a Missouri man whose case has been championed by the WNBA star...

They Served 36 Years for a Murder They Didn't See

Prosecutors say key facts weren't presented at 1984 trial

(Newser) - Three Maryland men sentenced to life in prison for murder as teenagers were exonerated Monday after serving 36 years in prison. "On behalf of the criminal justice system, and I'm sure this means very little to you gentlemen, I'm going to apologize," a Baltimore Circuit Court...

Cleared After 35 Years in Prison, She'll Collect $3M

Cathy Woods was the longest wrongfully incarcerated woman in the US

(Newser) - A woman who spent 35 years in prison for a Nevada murder she didn't commit will get $3 million in a partial settlement of a federal civil rights lawsuit. Cathy Woods, 68, will continue to seek additional damages from the city of Reno and former detectives she accuses of...

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