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Recently Exonerated Black Man Reaches $2 Million Settlement With Prosecutors

On Tuesday, Orleans Parish District Attorney Jason Williams announced that prosecutors have reached a settlement in the civil rights lawsuit with Robert Jones, who was wrongfully convicted for crimes in 1992 and 1996. According to the Associated Press, Williams said that Jones will receive $2 million over the course of six years. The settlement was reached after New Orleans prosecutors weighed the …

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‘It’s like everything lifted’: Paul Shane Garrett exonerated of murder charges 21 years later

Paul Shane Garrett is a free man, 21 years after a murder investigators now say he was falsely convicted of committing.  Garrett, 48, was convicted of manslaughter in 2003 in connection with the 2000 North Nashville killing of Velma Tharpe, 30. On Wednesday, Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Angelita Dalton accepted a motion to dismiss all charges against Garrett.  The moment marked the last step in a yearslong …

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Two men were exonerated in separate cases on the same day in Louisiana

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/men-exonerated-separate-cases-day-louisiana-79403822 CHALMETTE, La. — Two men were exonerated in separate cases on the same day in Louisiana, allowing them to be released from prison after serving a combined 35 years behind bars for crimes they didn’t commit. Jarvis Ballard and Darvin Castro Santos had their convictions overturned Aug. 2, according to Innocence Project New Orleans, which represented both men. The …

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Curtis Crosland spent 34 years in prison. Evidence on file for decades exonerated him.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/01/philadelphia-man-exonerated-murder-charge-prison/ Decades ago, two witnesses linked Curtis Crosland to the killing of South Philadelphia grocery store owner Il Man Heo during a nighttime robbery. No physical evidence connected Crosland to the scene, according to court documents. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison based entirely on the witnesses’ statements, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office said. Crosland spent 34 years …

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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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