June 2017 archive

Jun 30

Clyde Ray Spencer’s $9 Million Jury Award For False Rape Prosecution Upheld On Appeal

Clyde Ray Spencer after the charges were dismissed on September 29, 2010 (Columbian)

A $9 million federal jury award to Clyde Ray Spencer for a police officer’s fabrication of evidence he committed child rape has been upheld on appeal. Spencer was convicted in 1985 of the statutory rape of his three children in Vancouver, Washington, and he was imprisoned for more than 19 years before his release in …

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Jun 26

German Parliament Approves Vindicating Males Of Homosexual Convictions

Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, has overwhelmingly approved a bill that will vindicate all men who were convicted from 1949 to 1994 of a homosexual crime involving consensual relations between males 16 years or older. The upper house of parliament has announced it will pass the bill. Men who are living can apply …

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Jun 24

ICANN turns Innocents Database back on

Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather' (Paramount Pictures)

By Hans Sherrer President, The Justice Institute Editor and Publisher, Justice Denied magazine ICANN turned on access to the Innocents Database on the afternoon of June 22 — more than four days after it was unexpectedly turned off on June 18. ICANN’s shutting down of Forejustice.org, that hosts the Innocents Database, was reported on Justice …

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Jun 21

Innocents Database blocked by ICANN, the world’s most dangerous NGO

By Hans Sherrer President, The Justice Institute Editor and Publisher, Justice Denied magazine On Sunday June 18, 2017 the Innocents Database unexpectedly went offline. For people unfamiliar with the Innocents Database (IDb), it is the world’s largest database of people wrongly convicted in the United States and other countries. It currently includes more than 8,500 …

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Jun 20

Kaj Linna Exonerated Of Murder In Sweden With Aid Of Internet Podcast

Kaj Linna greeted by his sister upon his release on May 30, 2017 (Krister Stenlund - Folkbladet Västerbotten)

Kaj Linna was acquitted of murder on June 15, 2017 by Sweden’s Court of Appeal. Kaj had been convicted in 2004 and sentenced to life in prison. In April 2004 the robbery of two brothers on a farm 13 miles from Piteå, Sweden went awry. Piteå is 530 miles due north of Stockholm. One of …

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Jun 18

Nikki Yovino Offered Two Years In Prison For Falsely Accusing Two Men Of Rape

Nikki Yovino mug shot in Feb. 2017 (Bridgeport Police Dept.)

Nikki Yovino has been offered a plea deal of two years in prison for falsely accusing two young men of raping her during a party in Fairfield, Connecticut in 2016. Yovino was 18 and a student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield when she told police on October 15, 2016 that the night before she …

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Jun 16

Vietnam Revising Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation Law

Huynh Van Nen in Dec 2015 after his release from 17-1/2 years wrongful imprisonment. (Tuoi Tre)

Vietnam is considering revisions to its 2009 Law on State Compensation Liability. The law, which took effect in 2010, provides for the payment of compensation to a person who had been imprisoned as the result of a wrongful conviction. Prior to the 2009 law compensation was on an ad hoc basis. Among the proposed changes …

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Jun 14

Chimps Kiko And Tommy Denied Habeas Corpus Relief In New York

Kiko at the nonprofit Primate Sanctuary in Niagara Falls, NY in July 2013 (AP)

A New York appeals court has unanimously affirmed a lower court’s denials of habeas corpus petitions that sought the relocation of two chimpanzees, Kiko and Tommy, by their forcible removal from their current owners. Kiko and Tommy are represented by The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) based in Coral Springs, Florida, which argues that chimps have …

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Jun 12

Lady Justice Statute Removed From Entrance To Bangladesh’s Supreme Court Building

Statute of a blindfolded lady holding the scales of justice in front of Bangladesh Supreme Court annex building where it was installed on May 28, 2017 (Abir Abdullah/European Pressphoto Agency)

A statute of a blindfolded lady holding the scales of justice has been removed from the entrance to Bangladesh’s Supreme Court Building. The removal was in response to massive protests by Muslims that public display of the statute is prohibited by Islam. During the almost 200 year British rule of India, what is today known …

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Jun 11

In 2016 82% Of Death Row Prisoners In India Were Acquitted Or Had Sentence Commuted On Appeal

Death Penalty In India: Annual Statistics 2016 (report cover)

82% of prisoners sentenced to death in India whose appeal was decided in 2016 were either acquitted or had their death sentence commuted to a lesser sentence by an appeals court. “Death Penalty In India: Annual Statistics 2016,” a report by the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University in Delhi, India, …

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