June 2012 archive

Jun 26

Marcus Lyons Awarded $5 Million For Wrongful Rape Conviction

Marcus Lyons at a press conference announcing the settlement of his lawsuit for $5 million on June 7, 2012 (Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune)

Marcus Lyons has settled his lawsuit against the Village of Woodridge, Illinois and three of its police officers for $5 million. Lyons sued the city after he was exonerated in 2007 of a 1987 sexual assault. Woodridge is a suburb of Chicago. Rebecca Auten, a 29-year-old Caucasian woman living in the same apartment complex as …

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Jun 15

Lorenzo Johnson Back In Custody After U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates His Murder Conviction

Lorenzo Johnson was taken back into custody on June 14, 2012 to resume serving his life sentence. Sixteen days earlier the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated his convictions of being an accomplice and co-conspirator in the December 1995 murder of Taraja Williams in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ October …

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Jun 12

David Turnpaugh Owed Compensation For Wrongful Convictions Says Appeals Court

Gavel and law books

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has ruled that David Richard Turnpaugh is actually innocent and therefore entitled to compensation for his wrongful conviction in 2007 for soliciting a prostitute. In May 2005 Turnpaugh was arrested and charged with soliciting a Milwaukee undercover policewoman to engage in sexual intercourse in exchange for money in violation of …

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Jun 11

Govinda Mainali’s Conviction Of 1997 Tokyo Murder Set-aside Based On New DNA Evidence

Govinda Mainali’s wife Radha, center, his younger daughter Alisha, left, and elder daughter Mithila, right, outside the Tokyo High Court after his retrial was granted on June 7, 2012. (The Daily Yomiuri)

Govinda Mainali’s murder conviction was set-aside by Tokyo’s High Court on June 7, 2012 in one of Japan’s most sensational homicide cases of recent times. Mainali was convicted in December 2000 of the March 1997 murder of Yasuko Watanabe. Watanabe was a 39-year-old college graduate who by day worked as a respected economist for the …

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Jun 04

How To Appeal In England and Wales Booklet Available From JUSTICE

Cover of “How To Appeal” by JUSTICE

JUSTICE is a non-profit human rights organization based in London, England that was founded in 1957. JUSTICE was one of the principal advocates for people in the United Kingdom with a post-conviction miscarriage of justice claim before the Criminal Case Review Commission began operating in 1997. JUSTICE has published a booklet that is invaluable to …

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Jun 03

U.S. Supreme Court Reinstates Lorenzo Johnson’s Convictions Even Though He May Be Innocent

Lorenzo Johnson at the party celebrating his release on January 18, 2012.

On May 29, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated Lorenzo Johnson’s convictions of being an accomplice and co-conspirator in the 1995 murder of Taraja Williams in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Court reversed the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that there was insufficient evidence of Johnson’s guilt. Johnson and his acquaintance Corey Walker were charged with …

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