Category: False Confession

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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Feb 02

Juan Rivera’s $20 Million Compensation Settlement Will Be Divided In Divorce Court

On January 25, 2017 the Illinois Supreme Court declined to review a ruling by the Illinois Court of Appeal that Juan Rivera’s $20 million wrongful conviction lawsuit settlement is marital property in his pending divorce. Melissa Sanders married Rivera on October 31, 2000. At the time he was imprisoned for life in Illinois for his …

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Jan 18

8,164 Cases Now In Innocents Database

The Innocents Database now includes 8,164 cases: 5,242 from the U.S., and 2,922 from 116 other countries. The database includes 4,323 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 17

99.8% Conviction Rate In U.S. Federal Courts Can Make Japanese Prosecutors Jealous

Federal Court House with ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here’ inscribed above entrance.

By Hans Sherrer The presumption of innocence is often touted in the United States as the fundamental principle shielding an accused person from being unjustly convicted of a crime. The basis of that claim is that to overcome the presumption of innocence the government is required to present substantial evidence that proves beyond a reasonable …

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Aug 17

Justice Denied Issue 60 Is Now Online

Justice Denied Issue 60

Issue 60 of Justice Denied: the magazine for the wrongly convicted is available online. Issue 60 includes the following articles: Colin Norris Is Innocent Of Being Serial Killer Says Jury Foreman Washington Appeals Court Rules Gerald Yanac Didn’t Rob Bank Asking Teller For Money Steven A. Cole Exonerated Of Child Sexual Assault In “American Horror …

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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

Northampton County Judge Anthony S. Beltrami (Bill Adams, Express-Times)

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 10

Sture Bergwall Released From 23 Years Imprisonment After 8 Murder Convictions Overturned

Thomas Quick Is Dead (2011) by Sture Bergwall and Sten-Ove (book cover)

Sture Bergwall was described for almost two decades as Sweden’s ‘Hannibal Lecter’ before reinvestigation of his cases discovered he is innocent of the eight murders he was convicted of committing. He has been released after all his convictions were overturned. In December 1990 Bergwall held a family hostage while his accomplice forced the father to …

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Nov 15

Man Freed After 10 Years Imprisonment When Wife Tracks Down Actual Killer

Ly Nguyen Chung in detention after his arrest on October 25, 2013.

Nguyen Thanh Chan’s 2004 murder and robbery convictions have been voided by Vietnam’s Supreme People’s Court after his wife tracked down the man who actually committed the crimes. Chan was 42 when arrested on September 28, 2003 for the murder of a 31-year-old woman on August 15 in the village of Nghia Trung in Vietnam’s …

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May 19

Barry Beach’s Murder Conviction Reinstated By The Montana Supreme Court

Barry Beach during evidentiary hearing in Lewistown, Montana on August 1, 2011 (KTVQ-TV, Billings, MT)

The Montana Supreme Court reinstated the 1984 murder conviction of Barry Beach on May 14, 2013. By a 4 to 3 vote, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that District Court Judge E. Wayne Phillips abused his discretion when in November 2011 he vacated Beach’s conviction as a miscarriage of justice based of new evidence supporting …

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May 16

Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s Police Statement Is About Her Assault At The Budget Suites Hotel

  Prepared by Hans Sherrer[1] May 16, 2013 Kirstin Blaise Lobato has stated for 12 years she was assaulted at the Budget Suites Hotel in east Las Vegas in May 2001, which is not an admission to Duran Bailey’s homicide on July 8, 2001 in west Las Vegas at the Nevada State Bank. I Kirstin …

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