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Family of late Kansas exoneree says jailhouse informant bill could have saved his life

The Kansas City Star When Olin “Pete” Coones, Jr., was locked behind prison walls for a Kansas City, Kansas, murder he did not commit, the state reduced his identity to an offender number, his daughter said: #93985. “I, however, have my own series of numbers,” Melody Bitzer told a panel of Kansas lawmakers Tuesday. “12: that’s the number of years my …

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Man awarded $350,000 for wrongful imprisonment in 1987 Columbus rape case

The Columbus Dispatch The Ohio Controlling Board has approved $350,000 in compensation for a man who spent nearly four years in prison after being wrongfully convicted in 1990 of kidnapping and raping a 17-year-old girl who was abducted from a Columbus bus stop. Although the charges against Sean Ennis were dismissed by prosecutors 27 years ago after an appeals court overturned his …

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Judge rules men locked up for 1996 double murder were wrongfully convicted

Three men who spent the past 24 years behind bars for the double slaying of an off-duty NYPD cop and Queens businessman were ordered freed from prison Friday — after a judge ruled they were wrongfully convicted. The Queens District Attorney’s Office and defense lawyers for Rohan Bolt, 59, George Bell, 44, and Gary Johnson 46, had filed a joint …

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63-year-old man exonerated for 4 wrongful convictions in 1981, released from prison

11Alive News Primetime LAGRANGE, Ga. — The Georgia Innocence Project, together with Coweta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Herb Cranford Jr., has been able to secure the exoneration of a 63-year-old man for four separate wrongful convictions for a series of violent sexual assaults in LaGrange, Ga., in 1981. Terry Talley walked out of Dooly State Prison on Feb. 23, 2021, marking the end of more …

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Detroit man convicted of a murder he said he didn’t commit is freed

Detroit Free Press Unreliable testimony in a 1994 trial sent Larry Smith, a Detroit man, to prison for 26 years for a murder he said he didn’t commit. Smith was freed Thursday, despite a justice system glitch — this time an information technology issue — that could have postponed his release. All of the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice computer services were down, the …

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