Jun 26

Gary Alan Mauz Exonerated Of Disorderly Conduct For Calling Neighbor A “Whore”

Victoria Battistini (Victoria Battistini’s Facebook page)

On June 23, 2015 a three-judge panel of the Pennsylvania Superior Court overturned the disorderly conduct conviction of Gary Alan Mauz for calling his neighbor a “whore,” and making other derogatory comments to her. The appeals court noted that, “We find Appellant’s comments reprehensible but not criminal.” At about 10 p.m. on April 24, 2013 …

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Jun 09

Lakesha Lanika Artis Acquitted By Virginia Court of Appeals Of Involuntary Manslaughter In Death Of Her Daughter

Lakesha Lanika Artis (Suffolk PD)

The Virginia Court of Appeals on June 2, 2015 acquitted Lakesha Lanika Artis of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her two-year-old daughter Destiney Riddick in 2011. Destiney died from complications related to her accidental ingestion of an unknown quantity of a prescription drug. Although Artis, and her stepmother and her stepmother’s boyfriend were convicted …

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Jun 04

High Fence Foodie Cookbook Now Available!!!

High Fence Foodie by Celeste Johnson

High Fence Foodie is a new cookbook by Texas prisoner Celeste Johnson that has just been published by The Justice Institute!! High Fence Foodie has more than two hundred easy to prepare recipes for meals, soups, snacks, desserts, and beverages. These recipes can be made from basic items a prisoner can purchase from their unit’s …

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Jun 02

Steven A. Cole’s Exonerated Of Child Sexual Assault In “American Horror Story”

Steven A. Cole (Illinois Dept. of Corrections)

Steven A. Cole’s convictions related to the possible sexual assault of a young child were overturned by the Illinois Court of Appeals on May 7, 2015. In a concurring opinion one of the justices noted, “the evidence in this case established Steven Cole’s innocence, not his guilt,” and he was the victim of an “American …

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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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