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 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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Feb 22

Washington Appeals Court Rules Gerald Lewis Yanac Didn’t Rob Bank Asking Teller For “Money”

Gerald Lewis Yanac (Kitsap County Sheriff)

The Washington Court of Appeals acquitted Gerald Lewis Yanac on February 18, 2015 of first-degree robbery for being given money by a bank teller he asked for “money.” On August 15, 2012 Yanac went into a Key Bank in Port Orchard, Washington, a city of about 12,000 that is 13 miles due west of Seattle. …

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Feb 19

David Mathew Hicks Exonerated Of 2007 Material Support Of Terrorism Conviction

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David Mathew Hicks was acquitted on February 18, 2015 by the United States Court of Military Commission Review of his 2007 conviction of materially supporting terrorism in Afghanistan. The Court ruled he had been convicted of conduct that wasn’t a crime when it occurred. Hicks is an Australian citizen who was 24 when he traveled …

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Feb 05

Colin Norris Is Innocent Of Being Serial Killer Says Jury Foreman

Colin Norris outside the courthouse before his conviction (BBC)

The foreman of the jury that convicted Colin Norris in 2008 of four murders and one attempted murder in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, says that new forensic evidence proves he is not only innocent and he wants him freed from his life sentence, but that no murders were even committed. In 2002 Norris was a …

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