Category Archive: Acquittal

Oct 01

Thandi Maqubela Acquitted Of Murder Because Her Husband Died From Natural Causes

Thandi Maqubela outside the Western Cape High Court on Nov 4-2013 (Nardus Engelbrecht - SAPA)

Thandi Sheryl Maqubela was acquitted of murder by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on September 29, 2017. The Court ruled the trial evidence failed to establish her husband, Patrick Maqubela, didn’t die from natural causes in Cape Town, South Africa. Patrick and Thandi Maqubela were married in September 1991. In the spring of 2009 …

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Sep 01

William Ashwell Acquitted Of Burglary And Escape By Mississippi Supreme Court Because No Criminal Charges Were Filed Against Him

Mississippi Supreme Court on 2-1-2017 (courts.ms.gov)

William Scott Ashwell was acquitted of burglary and escape by the Mississippi Supreme Court on August 24, 2017. The Supreme Court ruled Ashwell had never been charged with the crimes, so the trial court had no jurisdiction to find him guilty in 2006 and sentence him to 15 years in prison. On December 14, 2006 …

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Aug 31

Justice Denied Issue 68 Is Now Online

Justice Denied Issue 68 Is Now Online Issue 68 of Justice Denied: the magazine for the wrongly convicted is available online. Issue 68 includes the following articles: Roger Lee Largent Cleared of Rape Conviction Four Days After His Murder In Prison $50,000 Reward Offered For Info That Will Exonerate Temujin Kensu Of 1986 Michigan Murder …

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Aug 31

Ibrahim Uyar Awarded $29,667 Compensation For Wrongful Imprisonment For Murder

Ibrahim Uyar in July 2017 (Hürriyet Daily News)

Ibrahim Uyar has been awarded compensation of $29,667 for 6 years and 7 months of wrongful imprisonment for murder.* Uyar was 16 when convicted in 2010 of the murder of a prostitute in 2008 in Ödemis, Turkey. He was acquitted by an appeals court and released in 2015. Gülseren G. was stabbed to death in …

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Aug 27

Anneli Auer Seeks Additional $2.95 Million Compensation For Wrongful Conviction Of Husband’s Murder

Anneli Auer’s 2016 memoir “Murhalesken muistelmat” (“The Murder of the Widow’s Memoirs”) (Front cover) (The photo is of Anneli, Jukka, and their three children in 2006.)

Anneli Auer is seeking an additional US$2.95 million compensation from Finland’s government for being wrongly convicted and imprisoned for her husband’s murder.* The US$613,000 she was paid in September 2016 was record compensation in Finland for an exonerated person. She was imprisoned for 611 days. Anneli Auer’s case is one of the most publicized legal …

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Aug 19

14,700 Convictions To Be Overturned In Ireland Because Of False Prosecutions By The National Police Service

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14,700 convictions are to be overturned in Ireland of people who were falsely prosecuted after paying a fine to avoid criminal prosecution for a driving related offense. In Ireland citations for more than 60 traffic related offenses can be disposed of by admitting guilt and paying a fine within 56 days of a “Fixed Charge” …

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Aug 08

Honey Rose Acquitted Of Manslaughter In Death Of Optometry Patient

Honey Maria Rose outside the courthouse after her sentencing on August 26, 2016 (The Sun, London)

Honey Maria Rose has been acquitted by an appeals court of gross negligence manslaughter in the death of eight-year-old Vincent Barker. In July 2016 Honey Rose became the first optometrist in English history convicted of manslaughter for failing to detect a patient’s medical condition that later caused the person’s death. Honey Rose became a licensed …

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Jul 28

Death Row Prisoners Vincent Edwards And Richard Haynes Acquitted By Caribbean Court of Justice

CCJ Chides Barbados For Not Recording Interrogations (Nationnews, Barbados), 7-27-2017

Vincent Leroy Edwards and Ricardo Orlando Haynes (aka Richard Haynes) have been acquitted of a 2006 murder in Barbados by the Caribbean Court of Justice. On July 25, 2017 the CCJ ruled their uncorroborated alleged confessions to police were insufficient evidence to prove they committed the crime, and ordered their release from Barbados’ death row. …

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Jul 24

Three Men Wrongly Convicted Of Murder & Sentenced To Death In China Seek $3 Million Compensation Each

Cheng Lihe, Huang Zhiqiang, Fang Chunping and Cheng Fagen after their acquittal on December 21, 2016 (amnesty.org)

Three men wrongly convicted and sentenced to death in China for the murder of a man and his girlfriend have filed compensation claims for about US$3 million each. Another innocent man who spent 11 years on the lam to avoid being tried for the murders, has filed a compensation claim for US$711,000. The body of …

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Jul 08

Daniela Poggiali Acquitted Of Murdering Elderly Woman In Lugo, Italy

Daniela Poggiali outside the prison after her release from custody on July 7, 2017 (Schicchi)

Daniela Poggiali was acquitted on July 7, 2017 by an appeals court in Bologna, Italy of murdering an elderly woman in 2014. Sentenced to life in prison after her conviction in March 2016, Poggiali told reporters after her release from prison, “They painted me for what I am not, and now I’m taking my life …

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