January 2015 archive

Jan 27

Charles Placa Spends $10,000 To Be Exonerated For Getting Beach Access Key For His Disabled Daughter

Charles Placa after his acquittal (Andrew Ford, Asbury Park Press)

Charles Placa has been acquitted after appealing his conviction of disorderly conduct while obtaining a key to unlock the handicap gate for access to the beach in Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Placa is a consulting engineer who lives in Milford, Ohio with his wife Connie and daughter Laureen, who has cerebral palsy and uses a …

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Jan 22

Benjamin Earl Garfield Acquitted By Washington Court of Appeals Of Possessing Stolen Rifle

Entrance to the Olde World Trading Company in Ephrata, Washington (Google Streetview)

Benjamin Earl Garfield was acquitted by the Washington Court of Appeals on January 20, 2015 of possessing a stolen firearm. In 2010 or 2011 Garfield bought a .30-06 rifle from a Hispanic man at a Quik Stop in Quincy, Washington. The man told Garfield he needed to sell the rifle for gas money to drive …

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Jan 20

More Than 200 U.S. Exonerations, And Millions Of Visitors To Justice Denied In 2014

In 2014 there were at least 206 exonerations in the United States, and 213 in 32 other countries, for a total of 419.* Those are the most yet recorded for any year in the Innocents Database, that records all known exonerations in the world. The previous highest total were 171 exonerations in 2006 in the …

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Jan 15

Daniel Gristwood Dies 4 Months After New York Pays $7.3 Million For 9 Years Wrongful Imprisonment

Mastho Lebai Davis (Florida DOC)

Daniel G. Gristwood died from lung cancer on January 3, 2015. Four months earlier the State of New York paid him $7.3 million for nine years of wrongful imprisonment for a brutal assault on his wife. In January 1996 Gristwood, 29, his wife Christina, 26, and their five children from almost 10 years of marriage …

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Jan 11

Derrick Hamilton Exonerated 22 Years After Wrongful New York Murder Conviction

Derrick Hamilton outside the New York 2nd Appellate Court Building in January 2014 (James Keivom, NY Daily News)

Derrick Hamilton’s indictment for the murder of Nathaniel Cash in New York City in 1991 was dismissed on January 9, 2015. Kings County Supreme Court Justice Raymond Guzman granted the motion to dismiss submitted by the Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office. Justice Denied first reported on Hamilton’s case in the summer of 2008 after …

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Jan 10

Convicted Of Her Husband’s Crime — The Raye Dawn Smith Story

A Deadly Game of Tug a War by Judge Craig Key (2007) (cover)

Convicted Of Her Husband’s Crime — The Raye Dawn Smith Story By Raye Dawn Smith’s Lawyers[note 1] Introduction On July 18, 2007, 27-year-old Raye Dawn Smith was convicted of one count of enabling child abuse against her two-year-old daughter Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs (“Kelsey”), who died on October 11, 2005. She was sentenced to 27 years …

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Jan 05

Wisconsin Awards Maxwell J. Verkuilen $15,417 Compensation For 3 Years Wrongful Imprisonment For Sexual Assault

Maxwell J. Verkuilen (Facebook.com)

Maxwell J. Verkuilen has been awarded $15,416.76 compensation by the State of Wisconsin for three years and one month of wrongful imprisonment for sexual assault. The award came more seven years after his exoneration in August 2007. On June 10, 2002 the 25-year-old Verkuilen was at a bar with friends in Appleton, Wisconsin. Erin Schubert …

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Jan 05

Justice Denied Begins Its 17th Year

Justice Denied Issue 58 cover

Justice Denied begins its 17th year with Issue 58 (Winter 2015) that has been published online. When Justice Denied’s first issue was published in February 1999 it was a ‘voice in the wilderness’ alerting the world to the widespread problem of the unreliability of the legal system in the U.S. and other countries to distinguish …

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Jan 04

Justice Denied Article Was 7th Most Important 2014 News Story In Las Vegas

Las Vegas Tribune front page on November 12, 2014

The Las Vegas Tribune has recognized “Lawyer Lied During Kirstin Lobato’s Nevada Supreme Court Arguments” as the seventh most important 2014 Las Vegas news story. The article was published in the Las Vegas Tribune on November 12, 2014. It was a condensation of the full article published online by Justice Denied on November 7, and …

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Jan 02

Frances Mentch Acquitted By Ohio Court Of Appeals Of Pulling Hair After Public Meeting

Frances Mentch (Cleveland State Univ. library)

On Christmas Eve 2014 the Ohio Court of Appeals vacated the assault conviction of Frances S. Mentch for allegedly pulling a library official’s hair after a September 2013 library board meeting in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Mentch is a Social and Behavioral Sciences Librarian for the Michael Schwartz Library at Cleveland State University. Mentch lives in …

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