November 2010 archive

Nov 29

Lynn DeJac Sues For $30 Million Compensation For Wrongful Murder Conviction

Lynn DeJac was convicted in 1994 of second-degree murder in the 1993 death of her 13-year-old daughter Crystallynn in Buffalo, New York. DeJac was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. The prosecution’s theory was that after a night of drinking DeJac strangled her daughter while she was in a drunken rage. DeJac’s prosecution …

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Nov 26

Florida Governor Charlie Crist Backs Pardon For Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison, lead singer for the rock group <a href=” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doors”>The Doors</a>, was convicted in 1970 of indecent exposure and using profanity during a concert at Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium on March 1, 1969. Morrison was fined $500 and sentenced to six months in jail. There was no testimony at Morrison’s trial that anyone actually …

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Nov 22

Texas Appeals Court Acquits Man Convicted Of Videotaping Fully Clothed Women Walking In Public

William Allen Cooper was convicted in July 2010 in separate prosecutions of “improper photography or visual recording” for allegedly videotaping fully clothed women walking on the public sidewalk in front of his house and business in Red River County, Texas. He was sentenced to two separate 2-year prison terms. On November 18, 2010, the Texas …

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Nov 20

Nevada Attorney General Candidate Travis Barrick Agrees To Represent Kirstin Blaise Lobato

Kirstin Blaise Lobato’s saga of being convicted of a Las Vegas murder committed in 2001 when the then 18-year-old woman was 170 miles from the crime scene, has been written about in two lengthy articles in Justice Denied, and two books published by The Justice Institute. On May 5, 2010, Ms. Lobato filed a pro …

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Nov 19

First Ever Women And Innocence Conference Was Huge Success

Media Release In April 2010, five women who were wrongfully convicted and later exonerated met at a national innocence conference, where they were vastly outnumbered by the male exonerees in attendance. These women formed a network of female exonerees, who decided that the special issues facing innocent women caught up in the criminal justice system …

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Nov 18

Man Illegally Imprisoned Has Escape Conviction Tossed

In April 2009 Christopher O’Connor’s sentence had expired but the officials at his English prison didn’t release him. So he escaped. After his capture he was tried and given a five-month sentence for the crime of escaping from custody. O’Connor appealed and on November 16, 2010, England’s Criminal Court of Appeals overturned his conviction. The …

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Nov 17

Chinese Man Becomes Rights Activist After Exoneration Of Murdering Man Who Wasn’t Dead

Zhao Zuohai was acquitted after a retrial on May 10, 2010, of murdering a man in 1997. Zuohai was arrested in May 1999 for the man’s murder, and after his conviction in December 2002 he was sentenced to death. He was later resentenced to 29 years in prison at forced labor. Zuohai’s conviction was based …

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Nov 16

IRS Exempts Lump Sum State Compensation From Federal Income Tax

The IRS has issued a new interpretation of the Internal Revenue Code that exempts lump sum payments to a wrongly convicted person under a state’s compensation statute from federal income tax. 32 states have compensation statutes. The Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, issued a Memorandumon November 4, 2010, that states in part: An …

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Nov 13

Lindy and Michael Chamberlain Still Seeking Justice 30 Years After A Dingo Killed Their Daughter

Lindy Chamberlain’s murder trial in 1982 for the 1980 disappearance of her daughter was a media sensation and one of the most heavily covered trials in Australian history. While camping near world famous Ayers Rock in August 1980, 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain was alone sleeping in the family’s tent when she disappeared. A dingo had been …

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Nov 11

Man Framed By Corrupt St Louis Cop Released After 12 Years Wrongful Imprisonment

St Louis police officer Vincent T. Carr pled guilty in February 2009 to five federal felony charges: obstruction of justice and two counts each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and making false statements. The charges were related to the indictment of Carr and his partner Bobby Lee Garrett in December 2008 for planting evidence, …

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