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

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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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Anthony Hinton is free after 30 years on death row. How the case against him unraveled.

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Anthony Hinton is free after 30 years on death row. How the case against him unraveled.

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Anthony Ray Hinton is one of Alabama’s longest-serving death row inmates, having spent more than half his life incarcerated. Now, after 30 years of saying he is innocent in the murder of two men, the 58-year-old Hinton will walk out of an Alabama prison on Friday, finally a free man.

Hinton’s freedom came down to the same four bullets that put him in jail to begin with. …http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/04/03/how-the-case-against-anthony-hinton-on-death-row-for-30-years-unraveled/?tid=pm_national_pop_b

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“Free At Last! Angel Gonzalez Is Released After Nearly 20 Years in Prison!” INNOCENCE PROJECT

Free At Last! Angel Gonzalez Is Released After Nearly 20 Years in Prison

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Posted: March 11, 2015   4:45 PM

Free At Last! Angel Gonzalez Is Released After Nearly 20 Years in Prison

Angel Gonzalez enjoys his first sandwich as a free man shortly after being released from prison.

Yesterday evening, Angel Gonzalez walked out of the Dixon Correctional Center in Illinois a free man. Gonzalez was exonerated Monday of a 1994 rape and abduction conviction which put him in prison for more than 20 years of a 55-year sentence. Recent DNA tests excluded Gonzalez as one of two rapists in the case and State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim agreed to ask for Gonzalez’s freedom in light of this new evidence. While the conviction was vacated on Monday, Gonzalez was not freed immediately because while in prison he had been given a sentence of three years for breaking a sink while he was in solitary confinement.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Gonzalez’s lawyers, Vanessa Potkin of the Innocence Project and Lauren Kaeseberg of the Illinois Innocence Project, returned to court yesterday to argue that the property damage conviction be vacated as well. They argued that the crime had occurred while Gonzalez was wrongfully in prison and that Gonzalez, who speaks limited English, had pled guilty to damaging the sink without an interpreter present. A judge agreed to vacate the property damage charge, and yesterday evening around 7:00 pm, Gonzalez was finally released. “I’m free,” he said, according to the Tribune. “Thank God.”

Gonzalez thanked his family, his supporters, his lawyers, and the criminal authorities who helped him prove his innocence and who made his release possible. Now Gonzalez is willing to put the past behind him and focus on making the most of his freedom. Gonzalez said, “To be here today is making me feel alive again,” wrote the Tribune. While in prison, Gonzalez earned his high school diploma. He also spent time painting and is looking forward to continuing with his art and his education.

Upon his release, Gonzalez headed home to Waukegan where he was reunited with his family. His mother, Maria Gonzalez said that the family planned a party for Angel with his favorite foods as a way to welcome him home and make up for all of the family events he missed out on while in prison. The family is thankful that Angel has been released in time to be with his parents. Angel’s brother Saul Gonzalez worried that they wouldn’t live to see Angel walk free—a fear that was bolstered when their father suffered a stroke last year. “Right now, everybody is saying, finally, there is justice for him,” said Saul Gonzalez, according to the Tribune. “Finally, this is over.”

There is one final hurdle for Gonzalez to clear now that his freedom has been granted. In 1994, Gonzalez, who is a Mexican national, had a visa which expired after he was arrested. The Innocence Project has been informed that an immigration hold on Gonzalez has been lifted, which will allow him to remain in the United States while he seeks citizenship.

For now, Gonzalez’s family will help him readjust to life outside of prison. Speaking for his brother, reported the Tribune, Saul said, “He’s seen many bad things. He says he’s lucky he’s not crazy. He says thank God for everything. He says he’s lucky to be alive.”

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Arizona woman cleared after 22 years on death row: ‘This is not happiness’

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Arizona woman cleared after 22 years on death row: ‘This is not happiness’

Debra Milke describes her release as ‘bittersweet’ after 25 years served for the murder of her son, in a case that rested on the work of disgraced detective

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Debra Milke speaks in Phoenix. Milke spoke out for the first time after spending two decades on death row in the killing of her son. Her case was dismissed earlier this week. Photograph: Matt York/AP

An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row after being convicted of conspiring to murder her son in a case that rested on the work of a detective with a history of misconduct says regaining her freedom was vindicating but bittersweet.

On Monday, a judge formally dismissed murder…

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