May 19

Wassillie L. Gregory Exonerated By CCTV Video Of Harassing Police Officer In Bethel, Alaska

Dr. Linda B. Green is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director, Latin American Studies, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. (University of Arizona web site)

Wassillie L. Gregory’s July 2014 harassment conviction in Bethel, Alaska was vacated and the charge dismissed on May 10, 2015. Gregory’s exoneration was based on new surveillance video evidence that shows he committed no crime. Bethel is a city of about 6,000 people 400 miles west of Anchorage, and it is only accessible by air …

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May 13

Chris Bateman Exonerated Of Drunk Driving By Pub’s CCTV Video

Chris Bateman in January 2015 (Sunderland Echo)

Chris Bateman’s driving while intoxicated conviction has been overturned on appeal based on the new evidence of CCTV video recorded at the pub in Sunderland, England where he was arrested. Sunderland is almost 300 miles north of London. Bateman stopped at two pubs on the early evening of June 26, 2014. He had one beer …

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Apr 26

Barry Bonds Acquitted By Federal Appeals Court After 12 Year Legal Ordeal

Barry Lamar Bonds was acquitted of his 2011 obstruction of justice conviction by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on April 22, 2015. The appeals court ruled the prosecution introduced insufficient evidence during Bonds’ 2011 trial that he obstructed justice by his testimony to a federal grand jury in 2003. During his twelve year …

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Apr 14

Zachary R. Handley Exonerated Of Arson Based On New Evidence The Prosecution’s Star Witness Is A Serial Arsonist And He Falsely Confessed

Zachary R. Handley in April 2015 after his exoneration (Riley Yates, The Morning Call)

Northampton County Judge Anthony S. Beltrami has vacated Zachary R. Handley’s 2008 convictions related to two arson fires in Stockertown, Pennsylvania. Judge Beltrami’s ruling was based on new evidence the prosecution’s star witness is a serial arsonist who likely committed the crimes, and that Handley falsely confessed. Handley’s exoneration is directly attributable to the post-conviction …

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Apr 05

Justice Denied Issue 59 is now online

Issue 59 of Justice Denied: the magazine for the wrongly convicted includes the following articles: Derrick Hamilton Exonerated 22 Years After Wrongful New York Murder Conviction Motorcyclist Acquitted On Appeal Of Indecent Exposure Conviction Tang Nguyen Acquitted By Appeals Court For Avoiding Federal Taxes On “Contraband” Cigarettes Judge Constance Briscoe Sentenced To 16 Months Imprisonment …

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Apr 02

Federal Appeals Court Declares Lawrence Owens’ Murder Conviction Is “Nonsense”

Lawrence Owens (Ill. DOC)

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Lawrence Owens murder conviction in Cook County, Illinois on the basis the judge’s reason for finding him guilty in 2000 after a bench trial is “nonsense”, because it was based on evidence the judge made up out of thin air. After dark on the evening of …

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Mar 19

Connecticut Supreme Court Exonerates Nicholas M. Menditto And Opens Door To Overturning Thousands Of Marijuana Convictions

Seated, L to R: Justice Richard N. Palmer, Chief Justice Chase T. Rogers, Justice Peter T. Zarella. Standing, L to R: Justice Carmen E. Espinosa, Justice Andrew J. McDonald, Justice Dennis G. Eveleigh, Justice Richard A. Robinson, Senior Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille.

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ordered erasure of Nicholas M. Menditto’s two convictions in 2009 related to his possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana. The Court ruled that Connecticut’s 2011 law decriminalizing possession of less than 1/2 ounce of marijuana retroactively applies to pre-July 2011 convictions. Menditto was 25 when he pled guilty …

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Mar 17

53,000 Copies Of “Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s Unreasonable Conviction” Downloaded From Justice Denied’s Website

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More than 53,000 copies of the book Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s Unreasonable Conviction — Possibility of Guilt Replaces Proof Beyond A Reasonable Doubt have been downloaded at no charge from Justice Denied’s website.*   The book details how Kirstin Lobato has twice been convicted of a July 8, 2001 Las Vegas homicide when the prosecution doesn’t …

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Mar 16

1,317 Exonerations In China In 2014

Zhou Qiang, Chief Justice of China’s Supreme People’s Court delivering his 2014 Report to the National People’s Congress in Beijing on March 12, 2015 (Xie Huanchi, Xinhua)

There were 1,317 exonerations in China by courts nationwide in 2014. On March 12, 2015 Zhou Qiang, Chief Justice of China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC), delivered a report on the state of the nation’s courts during the 12th National People’s Congress in Beijing. Zhou reported there were 1,317 exonerations nationwide, and reasserted his commitment to …

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Mar 13

Taquala Monique Howse Acquitted By Iowa Appeals Court Of Her Stun Gun Being Dangerous Weapon

Taquala Monique Howse (Myspace.com)

The Iowa Court of Appeals acquitted Taquala Monique Howse on March 11, 2015 of carrying a dangerous weapon for having a small stun gun in her purse. On June 23, 2013 Waterloo, Iowa Police Officer Kyle Jurgensen responded to a call that a suspected shoplifter had been detained at the local Walmart store. The detained …

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