Category Archive: Acquittal

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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Apr 07

University Student’s Sexual Misconduct Guilty Finding Based On Hearsay Tossed

SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg, who increased Benjamin Haug's punishment for daring to assert his innocence. (www.potsdam.edu)

On April 6, 2017 Benjamin Haug’s sexual misconduct guilty finding and expulsion from the State University of New York at Potsdam was overturned on appeal. The appeals court ruled Haug’s guilt is not supported by substantial evidence. Haug was a freshman at SUNY Potsdam when in the early morning hours of September 7, 2014 he …

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Apr 06

In 2016 More Than $263 Million Was Awarded Or Paid To Wrongly Convicted Persons In U.S.

More than a quarter billion dollars is known to have been awarded or paid in 2016 as compensation to 138 people who were wrongly convicted in the United States. The people were imprisoned for a total of 1,997 years. The people were convicted in 13 states and the District of Columbia. With the total compensation …

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Apr 03

Usha Tanpure Acquitted Of 2001 Conviction For Arguing With Man

Usha Tanpure has been acquitted by the Bombay High Court of her 2001 conviction for humiliating a man during an argument in public. In the fall of 2000 Tanpure was living in Pune, India. Pune is about 90 miles east of Mumbai. She celebrated a holiday by wearing a nightgown to her work. A man …

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Mar 20

2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report Now Available!

U.S. map with states color-coded to represent the total number of known exonerations for the 48 contiguous states through 2016.

The 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report is now available online! The Report is a PDF document. Click here to read the 2016 Innocents Database Exoneration Report online, or to download it. The following is from the Report’s Introduction: This is the second yearly report of information recorded in the Innocents Database through the last calendar …

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Mar 08

Yevgenia Chudnovet Acquitted On Appeal For Posting Video Exposing Child Abuse

Yevgenia Chudnovet released from prison on March 6, 2017

Yevgenia Chudnovet was acquitted on March 6, 2017 by a Russian appeals court of her November 2016 conviction of distributing child pornography. Chudnovet was prosecuted for posting a video online to alert authorities about a child abuse case. In the summer of 2015 Chudnovet was a kindergarten teacher in Kataysk, Russia. Kataysk is a city …

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Mar 03

Eric Asante Exonerated By DNA Of Defiling Student In 2005

Eric Asante after his release from prison in 2015 (The Mirror, Accra)

Eric Asante has been acquitted by the Supreme Court of Ghana of defiling a 14-year-old girl in 2005. Asante’s acquittal was based on a DNA paternity test that excluded him as the father of the son born to the now 26-year-old woman. In 2005 Eric Asante was 28 and a teacher at the Nyorhini Presby …

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