Category Archive: Acquittal

Jun 20

Kaj Linna Exonerated Of Murder In Sweden With Aid Of Internet Podcast

Kaj Linna greeted by his sister upon his release on May 30, 2017 (Krister Stenlund - Folkbladet Västerbotten)

Kaj Linna was acquitted of murder on June 15, 2017 by Sweden’s Court of Appeal. Kaj had been convicted in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison. In April 2004 the robbery of two brothers on a farm 13 miles from Piteå, Sweden went awry. Piteå is 530 miles due north of Stockholm. One of …

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Jun 16

Vietnam Revising Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Law

Huynh Van Nen in Dec 2015 after his release from 17-1/2 years wrongful imprisonment. (Tuoi Tre)

Vietnam is considering revisions to its 2009 Law on State Compensation Liability. The law, which took effect in 2010, provides for the payment of compensation to a person who had been imprisoned as the result of a wrongful conviction. Prior to the 2009 law compensation was on an ad hoc basis. Among the proposed changes …

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Jun 11

In 2016 82% Of Death Row Prisoners In India Were Acquitted Or Had Sentence Commuted On Appeal

Death Penalty In India: Annual Statistics 2016 (report cover)

82% of prisoners sentenced to death in India whose appeal was decided in 2016 were either acquitted or had their death sentence commuted to a lesser sentence by an appeals court. “Death Penalty In India: Annual Statistics 2016,” a report by the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University in Delhi, India, …

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Jun 01

China Paid Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation To 10,881 People In 2014 & 2015

Mr. Huugjilt (Huugjilt family photo)

In 2014 and 2015 China paid compensation to 10,881 people who had been wrongly imprisoned. The largest payment was $322,000 to the family of Mr. Huugjilt, who was 18 when executed in 1996 after being wrongly convicted of raping and murdering a woman. Huugjilt’s posthumous acquittal on December 15, 2014 after a retrial was based …

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May 27

8,540 Cases Now In Innocents Database

The Innocents Database now includes 8,540 cases: 5,430 from the U.S., and 3,010 from 117 other countries. The database includes 4,603 U.S. cases from 2017 to 1989, when the first DNA exoneration occurred. The Innocents Database is the world’s largest database of exonerated persons, and it includes all identifiable exonerations in the United States, as …

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May 26

Helena Baba Acquitted of Misusing Private School’s Money

SRS Datuk Simon Fung, a private school in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Helena Baba has been acquitted by Malaysia’s Court of Appeal of her 2015 convictions of misusing money belonging to a private school in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. In 2005 Baba was a 30-year-old clerk at SRS Datuk Simon Fung, a private school in Kota Kinabalu. Ten years later, on July 15, 2015, Baba was convicted …

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May 06

21,587 People Exonerated In Massachusetts Due To Fraudulent Crime Lab Testing

21,587 drug related convictions were vacated by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on April 19, 2017. The Court also ordered dismissal of the cases. It was by far the most exonerations on a single day in United States history. The prosecution of all the cases relied on a “drug certificate” signed by Annie Dookhan, a …

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May 01

62% Of Criminal Appeals In Vanuatu Result In Ruling For Defendant

Court of Appeal of Vanuatu

Sixty-two percent of all criminal appeals in Vanuatu from 1997 to 2016 resulted in a ruling favorable to the defendant by the Court of Appeal. Vanuatu is a Pacific island nation, about 1,100 miles northeast of Australia. It has a population of less than 300,000 on its 82 islands. Vanuatu was a co-British/French colony known …

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Apr 27

Edin Mehic’s Public Belching Conviction Overturned On Appeal

Edin Mehic’s public indecency conviction for belching in Vienna’s Prater Park was overturned on April 18, 2017. Mehic, 27, was living in Vienna, Austria and working as a bartender, when he took a walk in Prater Park on Sunday, February 7, 2016. He bought a Turkish Kebabkette (kebab) from a vendor and had it prepared …

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Apr 10

Thenjiwe Griffiths Acquitted Of ‘Black Widow’ Carjacking Murder Of Her Husband

Thenjiwe Griffiths, with her attorney Narain Naidoo, outside the Westville Prison after her release on April 6, 2017. (Supplied)

On April 6, 2017 Thenjiwe Griffiths was acquitted of the 2006 murder of her husband Allan. The Pietermaritzburg High Court in South Africa ruled the prosecution’s evidence didn’t support her conviction of being involved in his murder during a carjacking. Thenjiwe was 24 when she married Allan Griffiths in April 2005. She was 35 years …

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