Category Archive: No Crime Committed

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 27

Germany’s Cabinet Approves Pardons For More Than 50,000 Men Convicted Of Homosexual Crimes

Cartoon about Frankfurt trials in 1950 and 1951 ( Die Freundschaft (Friendship), 1951, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum #170)

Germany’s cabinet has approved a bill that will pardon all men convicted after 1948 of a consensual homosexual crime. Men who are still alive will be granted compensation. Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code criminalized homosexual acts between males. The law was enacted in 1871, and it wasn’t repealed until March 10, 1994. The …

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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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Feb 27

Ildar Dadin Has Three-Strikes Illegal Protesting Conviction Overturned

Ildar Dadin protesting in Moscow.

Russia’s Supreme Court has overturned Ildar Dadin’s conviction for illegal protesting. On February 22, 2017 the Court ruled the prosecution introduced insufficient evidence to prove he violated illegal protesting law Article 212.1. In the summer of 2014 Russia’s Parliament passed Criminal Code Article 212.1 that concerned crimes related to unsanctioned public protests. The law included …

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Feb 17

Roger Lee Largent Cleared of Rape Conviction Four Days After His Death

Roger Lee Largent (Washington County, Maryland Sheriff’s Office)

On November 15, 2017 the Maryland Court of Special Appeals reversed the rape conviction of Roger Lee Largent. Four days earlier the 69-year-old Largent was beaten to death in his cell at the Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2015 Roger Largent was 67 and living in Clear Spring, Maryland. His …

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Feb 03

49,000 Men Posthumously Pardoned Of Homosexual Crimes In United Kingdom

Alan Turing (dailymail.co.uk)

The United Kingdom has posthumously pardoned about 49,000 males who were convicted of consensual homosexual activity that is no longer considered criminal. The pardons were included in the Policing and Crime Act 2017 that received Royal Assent on January 31, 2017. Men still alive who were convicted of the affected crimes can apply for a …

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Jan 14

John Kennedy O’Hara’s Voting Fraud Convictions Overturned After 18 Year Fight

John Kennedy O’Hara in courtroom when his conviction was overturned on January 12, 2017 (Jesse Ward, NY Daily News)

On January 12, 2017 John Kennedy O’Hara’s 1999 voting fraud related convictions were overturned in Kings County, New York. John O’Hara was an attorney in Brooklyn who in the early-to-mid-1990s was an active political opponent of Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes. In the 1990s O’Hara ran five times against Hynes allies — twice for …

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Jan 09

James Richard Greene’s Conviction Tossed For Driving Motorized Wheelchair While Drunk

James Richard Greene (Lincoln County, Oregon Sheriff’s Office)

James Richard Greene was acquitted by the Oregon Court of Appeals on December 29, 2016, of driving under the influence of intoxicants while he was operating his motorized wheelchair. On October 16, 2012 James Greene turned his motorized wheelchair from a sidewalk onto a marked crosswalk in Lincoln County, Oregon. The 56-year-old Greene then drove …

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Nov 01

Rastafarian Parents Acquitted Of Failing To Send Homeschooled Children To Public School

Charles Ijui Jah Lashley (right rear), Kim Isartes Ibre Jackman (left rear), with their daughter (left front) and son (right front), outside the District ‘A’ Magistrates’ Court after the acquittal of Lashley and Jackman on Oct. 31, 2016 (St. Lucia Times)

On October 29, 2016, Charles Ijui Jah Lashley and Kim Isartes Ibre Jackman’s convictions of failing to send their two homeschooled children to public school were overturned in Barbados. Lashley and Jackman are Rastafarians, and they had been found guilty in September 2016. Homeschooling is lawful in Barbados if a parent is granted an exemption …

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Oct 28

Hong Kong Appeals Court Tosses Conviction For Closing Vehicle Door

Law Professor Eric Cheung Tat-ming who assisted Law Yat-ting pro bono (HKEJ)

On October 26, 2015 Hong Kong’s highest court acquitted Law Yat-ting of tampering with a motor vehicle. On February 21, 2014 Yat-ting was walking in the Tsuen Wan section of Hong Kong when he saw a parked van that had its front passenger door open. Yat-ting closed the door. The van’s driver was standing nearby …

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