Angel Gonzalez Receives Certificate of Innocence – after spending 20 years in an Illinois prison for a rape he didn’t commit

Angel Gonzalez Receives Certificate of Innocence

On June 18, Angel Gonzalez, who was exonerated in March after spending 20 years in an Illinois prison for a rape he didn’t commit, was awarded a certificate of innocence by a Lake County judge.  The certificate means that Gonzalez is now entitled to compensation under the state’s compensation statute.

Angel Gonzalez was exonerated in March, after serving nearly 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. However, Angel said that though he was physically free, he was not yet mentally free. The conviction was still on his record even after he was released from prison, a fact that weighed heavily on him.

Last week, Angel was finally granted his certificate of innocence from the state of Illinois and the conviction on his record was expunged.The original prosecutor of his case was also present and outside of court, he shook Angel’s hand and apologized.

All of us at the Innocence Project are thrilled for him. And we hope you all can make a donation in his honor today. Your gift will help us continue to fight for justice for the innocent. Thank you.

Donate here: https://secure.innocenceproject.org/donate/2015-june…

Angel is pictured with Illinois Innocence Project Staff Attorney Lauren Kaeseberg (left) and Innocence Project Senior Staff Attorney Vanessa Potkin (right).

 

Exonerated man files grievance against prosecutor

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A Texas man who served 18 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit now has the power to prevent similar miscarriages of justice, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Anthony Graves – who was set free in 2010 after spending 12 years on death row and six years pleading his innocence in the notorious murder of a Houston family — will assist in managing the Forensic Science Center, a Houston based crime lab used by local-area law enforcement agencies.

Graves’ exoneration revealed shocking prosecutorial misconduct by a district attorney who failed to reveal that the central witness had recanted his statement accusing Graves of being an accomplice to the crime.

“I watched the system just fail me from top to bottom,” Graves told NBC an an exclusive interview.

“I became a criminal justice expert through my own experiences,” he said. “My university is D.R.U. — that’s ‘death row university.’ I’m well-qualified.”

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Ontario man to be exonerated in wife’s death after 45 years

Originally posted on Global News:

TORONTO – An Ontario man convicted of killing his wife 45 years ago is hoping he can officially clear his name today.

John Salmon, 75, was convicted of manslaughter in the 1970 death of Maxine Ditchfield, and served four years before being paroled.

Salmon’s trial heard that Ditchfield had died from a severe beating, but Salmon maintained her injuries came from a series of falls.

The Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted hired three pathologists to re-examine the evidence.

They concluded that Ditchfield had indeed fallen multiple times after suffering a stroke.

The new evidence allowed Salmon to have his case re-opened after all these years and ask for an official acquittal in the death.

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B.C. man wrongly imprisoned for 27 years can sue, Supreme Court says

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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a B.C. man can use the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to pursue a lawsuit after being wrongly imprisoned for 27 years for sexual assaults he did not commit.

The landmark ruling clarifies the circumstances under which criminal prosecutors may be sued if they fail to disclose evidence to accused persons.

In 1983, Ivan Henry was convicted of three counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and five counts of indecent assault in attacks on eight women in Vancouver and declared a dangerous offender.

In 2010, the B.C. Court of Appeal overturned Henry’s convictions, citing a lack of full disclosure of evidence by prosecutors. It heard that evidence, which came to light during a 2002 police investigation which involved another offender who was implicated in 29 cases and lived near Henry.

In 2001, Henry sued the provincial and federal attorneys general, the City of Vancouver and three members of its police department for withholding…

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Cary Crittendon Falsely Charged/ Also: Doug Franks /Florida Guardianship Issues

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Join us this evening as we expose the persecution and false charges levied against Cary Crittendon in California.  Cary is currently held at Elmwood Correctional Facility charged with parole violations (non-specific).  A May 4th hearing has been scheduled to allow the prosecutor time to fabricate other charges.  The intent? To sentence Cary to a long period in prison for exposing the corruption of a sitting judge with a long history of corruption.

Later in the show:  Doug Franks will join us to talk about the recent victim’s symposium that took place in Florida where families that had been targeted had an actual opportunity to speak at length about the abuses they had endured at the…

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$1.6mn for Wrongful Imprisonment*

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$1.6mn for Wrongful Imprisonment*

If this happens when many of us are under the notion that law and justice is in place, how many more will be wrongfully imprisoned under a paranoid pathocratic policed state?

Two men have been awarded more than $1.6 million in compensation for their wrongful convictions of murder and death sentences in 1975, and decades spent in prison.

The death sentences for the murder of Cleveland businessman Harry Franks were handed down in 1975 for three people: Wiley Bridgeman, Kwame Ajamu and Ricky Jackson. The sentences were later commuted to life in jail.

The case was destroyed when the key witness, who was 13 years old in 1975, recanted on his testimony, AP reported.
Ajamu – who was called Ronnie Bridgeman in 1975 – was released in 2003 after 27 years in prison. Wiley Bridgeman and Jackson were freed in November 2014 after…

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EJI Wins Release of Anthony Ray Hinton: Anthony Ray Hinton, one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting evidence of innocence, will be released

Originally posted on HumansinShadow.wordpress.com:

EJI Wins Release of Anthony Ray Hinton

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Anthony Ray Hinton, one of the longest serving death row prisoners in Alabama history and among the longest serving condemned prisoners to be freed after presenting evidence of innocence, will be released tomorrow after Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Laura Petro granted the State’s motion to dismiss the charges against him.

Mr. Hinton spent 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit

.Thirty years ago, Mr. Hinton was arrested and charged with two capital murders based solely on the assertion that a revolver taken from his mother’s home was the gun used in both murders and in a third uncharged crime. EJI attorneys engaged three of the nation’s top firearms examiners who testified in 2002 that the revolver could not be matched to crime evidence. State prosecutors never questioned the new findings but nontheless…

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